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6 Sep 2012 - 29 Sep 2012


Travelling exhibition introducing the jubilee 25th International Biennial of Graphic Design. Organized in coordination with The Moravian Gallery in Brno.

The exhibition includes replicas and originals of posters, books, magazines, typeface samples, typographic animations, audiovisual recordings from symposia, photographs from exhibition openings, symposia and Biennial exhibitions, promotional materials and 3D objects associated with the history of the Biennial, catalogues of Biennial shows, symposia brochures, and far more. 

From the history of the Brno International Biennial of Graphic Design

The Brno International Biennial of Graphic Design, established in 1963, is one of the oldest and most important events in the field of visual communication worldwide. It is organised by the Moravian Gallery, Brno and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and is supported by the South Moravia Region, the City of Brno and Czech Centres. The birth of the Brno Biennial took place against a backdrop of the cultural and political situation in the 1960’s, when events were driven by efforts on the part of Czechoslovak artists and designers to develop their right to free artistic expression, tempered by the possibility of comparing what they designed with international counterparts. Among the founding generation of the Brno Biennial were Jan Rajlich Sr., a Brno painter and graphic artist, and art theoreticians Jiří Hlušička and Karel Holešovský.

The First Czechoslovak Exhibition of Poster and Promotional Graphics was organised by the Moravian Gallery, Brno in 1964. From 1966 onwards it was followed by regular international exhibitions that worked to embrace a wide spectrum of graphic design. The original multi-thematic structure of the Brno Biennial comprised three exhibition disciplines. After 1968, the part that involved exhibiting and installations was abandoned as it proved too demanding. Two basic subjects have alternated at the Brno Biennial since 1970: (1) Poster, corporate identity, information and promotional graphics, and (2) Graphic design and typography in books, magazines, newspapers and the digital media

The Biennial international competition is open to recognised professional graphic artists and studios, as well as to design students and tyro designers. Over 700 graphic designers and design studios regularly take part in the competition. A large number of eminent figures in the field of graphic design have taken part in the Brno Biennial over the years, as exhibiting artists, members of international juries, and lecturers at international symposia. The Brno Biennial has played host to such graphic design luminaries as Saul Bass, Roman Cieślewicz, Wim Crouwel, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alan Fletcher, Adrian Frutiger, Shigeo Fukuda, Milton Glaser, Ivan Chermayeff, Seymour Chwast, Mitsuo Katsui, Herb Lubalin, Ladislav Sutnar, Josef Týfa, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Tadanori Yokoo, Hermann Zapf and many others. Among leading contemporary designers, those who regularly present their work at the Brno Biennial are Andy Altmann, Ruedi Baur, Julia Hasting, Vaughan Oliver, Stefan Sagmeister, Ralph Schraivogel and Martin Woodtli.

The progress of the Brno Biennial since the early 1990’s has been invigorated by international development in all forms of graphic design, accompanied as it has been by the advent of digital and new communication technologies. The international exhibition, under the guidance of the second Biennial generation headed by graphic artists Aleš Najbrt, Tomáš Machek and Alan Záruba, branched into a multi-structured festival of visual culture, providing the public with insight into the history of graphic design and the latest trends in it, with excursions to free art and the new media. The Biennial’s international symposia enjoy a prestigious position and popularity, particularly with the coming generation of designers, and have become a lively discussion forum for the exchange of experience and new ideas in the discipline.

The Brno Biennial has provided a major international platform for exhibitions, discussions and relevant accompanying programmes on dynamically-expanding graphic design and its importance to contemporary visual culture, for over five decades. 

The 25th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2012

The jubilee 25th year of the Brno Biennial 2012 will see a change of concept, introduced by a new organisation committee headed by Radim Peško, Adam Macháček and Tomáš Celizna. In the upcoming Biennial, all categories of entry have been suspended and the event is open to every form of graphic design produced by the international competition participants over the last two years. The international symposium will be extended to a three-day series of lectures by internationally acclaimed specialists and graphic designers, enabling the participants’ deeper insight into contemporary graphic design and visual communication. In addition, the symposium will create a platform for personal discussion with the best and most inspiring figures in graphic design.

The Brno Biennial consists of an international competition, an international symposium and an exhibition under a guest curator, accompanied by thematic shows, cultural programmes and related events. The visual style of the BB 2012 is the work of Adéla Svobodová. 




From: 6 Sep 2012
To: 29 Sep 2012


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