27th Brno Biennial Catalogue (2016)


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The catalogue for the 27th Brno Biennial (2016) examines the key phenomena of contemporary graphic design and visual communication. Is it possible to describe new things with old words?

This edition responds to the metamorphoses and the state of contemporary graphic design: its multitude, variety, vagueness and apparent superficiality. Its ambition is to elucidate—both on the general and subjective levels—the phenomena which define or influence contemporary visual culture.

The Brno Biennial was established in 1963, and is considered the oldest exhibition of graphic design in the world.

The catalogue presents texts by Åbäke, David Bennewith, Rachel Berger, Emilia Bergmark, Andrew Blauvelt, Sulki & Min Choi, Jean-Marie Courant, Linda Dostálková, Experimental Jetset, Kurt Finsten, Chris Fitzpatrick, Roland Früh, Paul Gangloff, Tetsuya Goto, Catherine Ince, Emily King, James Langdon, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Hélène Meisel & officeabc, Dan Michaelson, Jon Sueda, Marta Sylvestrová, Frantisek Štorm, Linda van Deursen, and the curators and authors of the exhibitions spotlighted during the Biennial.

Includes an interview with Czech designer Jiří Hadlač, co-founder of the Brno Biennial; photographic documentation and description of the winning entries in the 2016 graphic design competition; plus book selections and commentaries by a host of international graphic designers.

Designed by Tomas Celizna, Adam Macháček, and Radim Peško

Published by The Moravian Gallery in Brno, 2016
First edition
Printed in a limited edition of 2000 copies

English and Czech
344 pages + 7 inserts, Softcover, 9.25 × 12 inches
Oversize Item [3 lbs 13 oz]

ISBN 978-80-7027-300-5

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