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Japanese Poster Artists, The Rediscovery of the Painter and Grafik 14, Zurich

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Zurich, this month, is a perfect place to experience the tao of the Japanese poster at the Museum für Gestaltung, op art at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv and swiss graphic art at Grafik 14. I had one day to see all three exhibitions and the mixture was quite overwhelming.

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The way “Japanese Poster Artist – Cherry Blossom and Asceticism” exhibition is organised enhances the tao of the Japanese poster artists, their simplicity, sensibility and subtlety.

These artworks possess an unusual aesthetic that is utterly captivating, and yet seem to refute all the conventional rules of visual communication.  … What is being advertised is often unclear, and the Japanese poster tends to be viewed as a visual embodiment of philosophical ideas of the Far East.

Bettina Richter, Japan – Nippon «Poster Collection 26», Lars Müller

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The expressive power of line

… As a design element, line sometimes draws strongly on the expressive, realist tradition, but can also be used in a gestural and abstract manner. The use of line in Japanese poster manifests a special affinity with avant-garde art. No matter how spontaneous it may appear, every line is set deliberately…

“Japanese Poster Artist – Cherry Blossom and Asceticism”

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The filled void

The metaphysics of emptiness, which is also understood as an expression of silence, is closely linked with Japanese Zen Buddhism. The lacuna is always to be read ambiguously as a space promising opportunities for meditation, concentration, time, and space. … Floating weightlessly in space, the things that are depicted take on an extraordinary power of suggestion.

“Japanese Poster Artist – Cherry Blossom and Asceticism”

“Victor Vasarely – The Rediscovery of the Painter” is now on show at the Museum Haus Konstruktive. Victor Vasarely is a key figure in op art and is considered a precursor of conceptual art. He was a student of the Budapest Bauhaus and worked as a commercial graphic designer. At the same time Vasarely pursued abstract art, form and colour.

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Grafik 14, swiss graphics, new media and contemporary art, is an open passage where graphic design, typography, illustration and art mix and complement each other. It is a place filled with an energetic vibe. The work presented is aggressive, sensual, provoking, engaging and ironic at times.

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by Isabella Furler (HGK Basel)

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(1,2) Maag Halle, (3) Isabella Furler (HGK Basel), (4)Daniel Day Huber (ZHdK Zurich), (5) Skalska (HSLU Luzern), (6) Pascal Bosquet (Ecole d’arte et de design de Genève), (7) Charles Connoué (ECV Aix-en-Provence), (8) Anaëlle Clot (ERACOM, Lausanne)

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