Mennonite Heritage Village – Temporary Exhibit Design
2003 – present

Temporary exhibits are produced annually at the MHV and displayed in the Gerhard Ens Gallery. Exhibit panels have been produced for numerous exhibits featuring relevant historical topics. 2003–present

“Anikó has produced design work for a number of projects at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) over the last several years. MHV is a world-class village museum which educates and entertains over 40,000 guests from more than 50 countries every year. We value excellence in all areas of our work and public presentation. Anikó Szabó’s work clearly meets our requirements for quality and excellence. She has designed countless interpretive panels for exhibits in our galleries.”

– Barry Dyck  Executive Director, Mennonite Heritage Village



This stunning temporary exhibition, a collaboration between the Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation and the Mennonite Heritage Village, showcases more than thirty-three handmade Mennonite clocks and their stories. Objectives included:

  • exhibit design
  • interior design of exhibit space
  • exhibit installation and overall project management along side the curator
  • interpretive panel design, planning and print management

Collateral material included posters, website pages, published articles, gift cards, bookmarks and an interactive gallery kiosk for exhibition visitors. The exhibition runs from until April 2019.

The exhibit opening attracted a large crowd including clock owners who generously loaned their clocks for the exhibit.

The exhibit opening attracted a large crowd including clock owners who generously loaned their clocks for the exhibit.

Large panels, (7.5' high x 4' wide), visually divided the gallery into its five themes.

Large panels, (7.5' high x 4' wide), visually divided the gallery into its five themes.

“I want each of you to know that you have done very good work for MHV in designing and unveiling this exhibit, ‘The Art of Mennonite Clocks’. The exhibit itself is stunning, to say the least.”

– Barry Dyck  Executive Director, Mennonite Heritage Village

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Storied Places – 2017

The temporary exhibition ‘Storied Places’ is about immigrants, their descendants, and how they relate to the concept of 'home'. Art direction and graphic design for ten interpretive panels printed on a beautiful transparent substrate, which hung in the gallery, illustrate the stories. 

A heritage colour palette was used to 'tint' the photographs which were printed on a transparent substrate and illuminated from behind with gallery lighting.


Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women – 2016

In 2016, the MHV celebrated the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Manitoba by focusing on the stories of Mennonite women. ‘Beyond Tradition: The Lives of Mennonite Women’ tells the stories of those who went beyond their traditional roles as wives and mothers. Interpretive panels were designed for the temporary exhibit. 


interactive Spice Exhibit – 2016

A panel for a kiosk in the permanent gallery at the Mennonite Heritage Village where visitors can smell the herbs used in traditional Mennonite recipes. 2016


Windmills: Sailing the Skies – 2013

The windmill is a landmark in Steinbach and a symbol of Mennonite heritage in southern Manitoba. This exhibit explored the history of windmills over the last 800 years, and their importance for Mennonite society since the 1500s. The working parts and gears of windmills were explained through historic and modern graphics. 2013


Landscape as memoir: mennonites and maps – 2011

Mennonites have made maps of their homes, villages and colonies as an act of remembrance through generations of change and migration.


Village life: Neubergthal and the art of Margruite krahn – 2006

The Mennonite village of Neubergthal, National Historic Site, has been captured by artist and resident Margruite Krahn. This exhibit showcased her work and artifacts and photographs from the historic village. 


The Moving Word – 2004

Using rare manuscripts and books, this exhibit followed the changing nature of literacy and texts through the centuries in Mennonite society.  2004