With the exhibition 100 Best Posters 12. Germany Austria Switzerland, the MAK once again presents the most convincing submissions to this competition between European graphic designers, thereby providing a platform for interesting and up-to-the-minute design concepts. From a field of over 1,700 submissions, the best 100 were selected by an international jury consisting of Christian Brändle (Zurich, chairman), Ronald Curchod (Toulouse), Joanna Górska (Warsaw), Eike König Berlin), and Josef Perndl (Vienna). In a preliminary selection process conducted online, 680 posters were nominated for the competitions final round. Of the 100 winning posters and series of posters, 49 come from Germany, 47 from Switzerland and 3 from Austria; a further successful entry is a German-Austrian-Swiss coproduction.
The abundance of design ideas in this years competition is striking: photography, pictorial humor, plays on typography, and surprises in the finest op art tradition characterize 2012s exciting range of entries. The attraction and difficulty lie particularly in the fact that the submissions do more than just compete in terms of ideas, design quality, and technical mastery: they also differ in terms of being either real-life commissioned works, with all the compromises this can entail, or experimental works nourished by the freedom that comes with working on ones own initiative or for an art academy project.
For Austria, the studio Atelier 3007 Wien is celebrating its sixth successful year in a row. Eva Dranaz and Jochen Fill once again managed to make a splash with their announcement posters for the event location rhiz bar modern. In these, live experimental music finds its graphic counterpart in strongly emotionalizing motifs. The imageshand-painted and handwritten, expressive and explosiveplay with shapes and surfaces. And the poster for the gürtel nightwalk, an annual neighborhood cultural event on Viennas Gürtel thoroughfare that takes place in and around the clubs situated beneath the arches of the historic urban rail viaduct by Otto Wagner, is likewise by 3007 Wien. Here, the designers started from the event itself to create a collage that served as an abstracted visual map.
Christof Nardin (Bueronardin), a former student of the graphic design class at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, submitted a harmonious blend of tradition and experimentation with his poster for the grand opening of Viennas 21er Haus. Nardins design pays homage to Austrian graphic designer Georg Schmid (19281998), including typographic references to Schmids poster that announced the opening of the 20er Haus.
For the first time in the history of 100 Best Posters, a German-Austrian-Swiss coproduction was also in the running. Together with the MAK and the artist Benjamin Hirte, Swiss graphic designer Melk Imboden designed a poster for Hirtes MAK exhibition, the first in the series NEW LOOK. In his installation the classic mob ballet, Hirte reacted to specific circumstances and forms of presentation found in the MAK collection, covering the museums various levels of communication with his own artistic devices. For the poster, the artist used a motif from the photo collection of the MAK Library and Works on Paper Room. In a way analogous to that seen in his exhibition, Benjamin Hirteworking closely with Melk Imbodenseeks to catalyze processes of work and thought while placing collection content in an expanded context.
Curator Peter Klinger, Deputy Head of MAK Library and Works on Paper Collection
A catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition. Available at the MAK Design Shop
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100 Best Posters 11
Germany Austria Switzerland
Wed, 28.11.2012–Sun, 17.02.2013
100 Best Posters 10
Germany Austria Switzerland
Published for the Exhibition 2x 100 Best Posters at the MAK (30.11.201115.1.2012), MAK Vienna. German/English, Design by L2M3, 217 pages, ca. 220 colored illustrations, 21 x 24 cm, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz 2011
Curator: Rainald Franz, curator, Glass and Ceramics Collection
The main focus of the Study Collection Ceramics comprises objects of Viennese porcelain manufacturing (17181864). Furthermore, artists ceramics of the Viennese Art Nouveau as well as ceramic works from Vienna and the former Crown Lands invite visitors to explore the diversity of the MAK Ceramics Collection.
Published for the exhibition of the same title (8.12.2010-1.5.2011) German/English 200 pages, ca. 100 illustrations 24 x 32 cm, paperback with PVC-cover MAK Vienna/Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2010