The 25th Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno

In its 25th edition, the Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno, Czech Republic, is one of the oldest events of its kind in the world. Biennials of art, sculpture, architecture or product design aren’t new, but few know that this particular exhibition has hosted some of the best international graphic designers for more than 50 years. Traditionally organized by the Moravian Gallery in Brno, the biennal is comprised of its main competition exhibition and accompanying shows, presenting old masters as well as new experimental work from burgeoning talents.

This year, the gallery asked Adam Macháček, Radim Pešk, and Tomáš Celizna, acclaimed Czech graphic designers living in the US and the Netherlands, to be part of the organizational and curatorial committees. All three designers work mainly in experimental graphic design and typography—as well as education—and have proposed a new, “more curated” concept for the exhibition. In the past, material selected from hundreds of international designers dictated the content of the main competition.  For the 25th anniversary the curators asked designers to participate in the biennial for a smaller, more compact collection of work, with the main competition exhibit focusing primarily on younger and non-commercial trends in contemporary graphic design.

The gallery consists of work by Swiss, Dutch, American, Czech and Japanese designers, in a global collaboration that is sure to amaze the public and creative communities alike.  After the exhibition, the pieces will return to fulfill their purpose in the production of chairs at the factory once again.  The visual style of the exhibition is the work of graphic designers Adéla Svobodová, Tereza Hejmová and Pauline Kerleroux. The pictures for the catalogue were shot by artist and photographer Jiří Thýn.  For anyone who will be in the area, the 25th Biennial of Graphic Design Brno will be open until 28 October 2012 at the Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic.  It is wonderful to see an international team of designers coming together to create a truly beautiful and engaging design experience, especially one that is focused on non-commercial trends in design.

Nikki Williams
Director of Brand Projects


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