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Presentation or re-presentation?
Our Polite Society and Na Kim

One of the issue that exhibiting graphic design poses, especially when displaying already existing work, is that of presentation/re-presentation. Collaborating with Our Polite Society for their exhibition held in 2011 at HBKsaar Gallery, Saarbrücken (DE), the Amsterdam-based photographer and artist Paulien Barbas reflected about this very issue. As he writes from his website, they decided […]

Ideas of Design Exhibition
“Graphic”, 2009, n. 11

In 2009 “Graphic” – a quarterly magazine based in Korea which covers, through monographic issues, topics that are topical for the practice and critique of graphic design – has devoted an issue to “Ideas of Design Exhibition.” This issue offers an interesting reference for our research, since it has caught a rising phenomenon, that of […]

Behind and beyond. Graphic design in the white cube

Certainly graphic works entered the white cube well before 2006. However, the exhibition curated by graphic designer Peter Bil’ak that year at the Moravian Gallery on occasion of the 22nd International Biennale of Graphic Design in Brno (CZ), Graphic design in the white cube marked a significant moment for the relationship of graphic design with […]

Graphic design stopped looking like graphic design…

“A Report from the Place Formerly Known as Graphic Design” is the title of an article by graphic design critic Rick Poynor featured in September 2011 issue of Print magazine. Worth reading. Invited to participate in the final grad show at the Sandberg Institute’s MFA design course, directed by Annelys de Vet, and spurred by […]


Archizines traveling exhibition, first held at the Architectural Association, London, November 5 – December 14 2011 (see schedule online) Curator: Elias Redstone Statement: «ARCHIZINES celebrates the resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing around the world. The touring exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone and initiated in collaboration with the Architectural Association, features architecture magazines, fanzines […]

Kiosk: Modes of Multiplication (the book)

Kiosk: Modes of Multiplication «Since 2001, Christoph Keller’s famous archive “Kiosk – Modes of Multiplication” has been exhibited 27 times all around the world, in institutions such as the ICA (London), the Witte de With (Rotterdam), Artists’ Space (NY), the Emily Carr Institute (Vancouver), MUDAM (Luxembourg) and some biennials such as Manifesta 4, the 25th […]

Dutch Design Database on show

Dutch Design Database Graphic Design Museum Breda, NL June 2009 – January 2010 «Around 1950, there were just over 100 graphic designers in the Netherlands. Sixty years later, there are more than 5000 people active in the graphic design sector. The exhibition Dutch Design Database shows how the profession has developed from a few individuals […]

The Making of Your Magazines (documenta 12)

The Making of Your Magazines June 16 – September 23 2007 KulturBahnhof, Kassel Architecture magazines as media of aesthetic education. Organization/Curator: Exhibition and project space by archplus as a contribution to documenta 12 magazines. Design/Art direction: onlab Statement (art directors): «onlab designed the exhibition like an editorial office that is open to the public. onlab’s […]

Graphic Design in a White Cube
Moravian Gallery, Brno

Graphic Design in a White Cube Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ June 13 – October 15, 2006 Curator: Peter Bil’ak Statements: «The exhibition critically questions possibilities of organising graphic design exhibitions. Nineteen designers and collectives were commissioned to design a poster for the design exhibition in which they participate. Instead of bringing work from the outside […]

Designer as Author: Voices and Visions

Designer as Author: Voices (juried show) Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, 1996 February 8 – March 8, 1996 Curators: Steven McCarthy, Cristina de Almeida Statements: «It is a nationally curated exhibition of exemplary self-authored graphic design […]» «[…] Our goal was to find out existent avenues for self-authorship in graphic design and to assess […]