February 27, 2020–February 14, 2021
The Swiss Grid explores the development and impact of the International Typographic Style, considered one of the most important movements in graphic design history, through a selection of posters and ephemera. Influenced by the Concrete art of the Bauhaus and Jan Tschichold’s The New Typography, the practitioners of this style streamlined compositions through an adherence to geometric grid structures. The results were pared down, harmonious, instantly comprehensible designs—masterpieces of communication—that have stood the test of time.
To complete the story of Swiss poster history, companion exhibitions in adjoining galleries will celebrate over 100 years of Swiss design, from illustrational posters of the prewar period up through the “Swiss punk” movement of the 1970s and beyond.
This collection comes to Poster House through a generous loan from Tom Strong. All ephemera is courtesy of Display, Graphic Design Collection.
This exhibition is made possible with support from Vitra.
Schützenfest, 1963 Fridolin Müller
Olivetti, 1961 Ernst Hiestand
Typographie, 1960 Robert Büchler
Stadt Theater Basel, 1965 Armin Hofmann
Musica Viva, 1958 Josef Müller-Brockmann
Weniger Lärm, 1960 Josef Müller-Brockmann
Citroën, 1958 Karl Gerstner & Markus Kutter
Auch Du Bist Liberal, 1959 Karl Gerstner
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