If you visit the Kulturforum at the moment and take a look down into the basement you will see an unusual sight: posters as far as the eye can see. Bright colors, abstract compositions and strong statements hit you like waves as you enter the 100 beste Plakate exhibition of posters. An impressive showcase of graphic design excellence, this exhibition of award-winning works makes for a captivating visit. On show are expressive designs like Thomas Kühnen’s series for the New Music course at the Folkwang University of the Arts and Arbnore Toska’s humorously illustrated poster for Messina Music. It’s best to view the posters in their original versions, with their elaborate screen prints, metallic colors and special overlays, though here there’s a good alternative: some of the placards are brought to life with the help of the augmented reality app Artivive, including works by Erich Brechbühl and Nicole Brugger. From thousands of submissions from Switzerland, Austria and Germany, a jury of five chaired by Berlin-based designer Susanne Stahl selected the 100 best of the year (this time the selection took place digitally). The result is an impressive collection of diverse, challenging and humorous designs.
Text: Arne Meyer / Photos: Chloë Galea & Arne Meyer