Brno Biennale Posters 1964–2000
18. 6. – 8. 9. 2002
Moravská galerie v Brně, Místodržitelský palác, Moravské nám. 1a


The show of the Brno Biennale Posters 1964–2000 wants to remind of the 40 years history of one of the oldest world cyclic exhibitions, which was founded in 1963 thanks to an initiative of Brno’s painter, graphic designer and publicist Jan Rajlich, at that time chairman of the local branch of Czechoslovak Visual Artists Union, and with the support of Jiří Hlušička, director of the Moravian Gallery.
The collection of these exhibition documents from the Brno Biennale history opens with the op-art poster of the Brno graphic designer Jiří Hadlač, whose substance became the basis for the logotype of the whole event. This began a whole series of witty typographical solutions, which have always been selected in a competition for the poster and at the same time for the Biennale catalogue cover. The alternation of two exhibition themes – book graphics and poster and promotional graphics – manifested in visual solutions of the posters, in which the motif of a book alternates in a visually attractive way with the symbol of poster or information sign. Graphic designers Jan Rajlich, Jaroslav Sůra, Josef Flejšar, Rostislav Vaněk and Aleš Najbrt have repeatedly contributed to creating the Brno Biennale visual style.
Since 1990 the posters announcing the main exhibition have been complemented with posters for accompanying exhibitons, often designed by those who had been awarded the Grand Prix or the Icograda Excellence Award, for instance Kazumasa Nagai, Seymour Chwast, James Victore and Ivan Chermayeff. The survey has been provided with a list of Brno Biennale Grand Prix and Icograda Excellence Award winners.


1.
Jiří Hadlač: Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1964, Czechoslovak Poster and Advertising Graphics, 21. 8. - 4. 10. 1964, letterpress, 83x58
Grand Prix: Alojz Riškovič, Czechoslovakia



2.
Jan Rajlich: 2nd Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1966, International Exhibition of Illustration and Book Graphics, 24. 6. – 20. 9. 1966, letterpress, 84x60
Grand Prix: Oldřich Hlavsa, Czechoslovakia



3.
Jan Rajlich: 3rd Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1968, International Survey of Exhibition Design, 19. 6. - 22. 9. 1968, letterpress, 97,5x68
Grand Prix: Pieter Brattinga, Netherlands



4
Stanislav Kovář: 4th Biennale of Graphic Design Brno1970, International
Exhibition of Posters and Advertising Graphics, 17. 6. – 20. 9. 1970, letterpress, 108x78
Grand Prix: Kyösti Varis, Finland



5.
Jan Rajlich: 5th Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1972, International Exhibition of Illustration and Book Graphics, 14. 6. – 17. 9. 1972, letterpress, 119x84
Grand Prix: Albín Brunovský, Czechoslovakia



6.
Jiří Rathouský: 6th Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1974, International Exhibition of Poster and Advertising Graphics, 19. 6. – 22. 9. 1974, silkscreen, 122x84
Grand Prix: Juan Llopis, Spain



7.
Jaroslav Sůra: VII. Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1976, International Exhibition of Illustration and Book Graphics, 16. 6. – 26. 9. 1976, silkscreen
Grand Prix: Stoimen Stoilov, Bulgaria



8.
Rostislav Vaněk: VIII. Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1978, International Exhibition of Poster and Advertisisng Graphics, 14. 6. – 24. 9. 1978, offset, 119x83
Grand Prix: Grapus, France



9.
Rostislav Vaněk: IX. Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1980, International Exhibition of Illustration and Book Graphics, 18. 6. – 21. 9. 1980, offset, 118x83
Grand Prix: Vladimír Gažovič, Czechoslovakia



10.
Rostislav Vaněk: X. Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1982, International Exhibition of Poster and Advertising Graphics, 16. 6. – 19. 9. 1982, silkscreen, 122x85
Grand Prix: Masuteru Aoba, Japan



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Josef Flejšar: XI. Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1984, International Exhibition of Illustration and Book Graphics, 13. 6. – 23. 9. 1984, silkscreen, 122x89
Grand Prix: Valerij Vasiljev, Soviet Union



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Jaroslav Chadima: XII. Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1986, International Exhibition of Poster and Advertising Graphics, 18. 6. – 21. 9. 1986, offset, 63x91
Grand Prix: Valerij Akopov & Co. , Soviet Union



13.
Jan Solpera: XIII. Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1988, International Exhibition of Illustration and Book Graphics, 15. 6. – 25. 9. 1988, offset, 118x84
Grand Prix: Kazumasa Nagai, Japan



14.
Pavel Hrach: XIV. Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1990, International Exhibition of Poster and Advertising Graphics, 20. 6. – 23. 9. 1990, offset, 94x67
Kazumasa Nagai – Japan. Winner of the Brno Biennale Grand Prix 1988. Design Centre Gallery, Brno 1992, silkscreen, 84x56
Grand Prix: Mitsuo Katsui, Japan



15.
Jaroslav Sůra: XV. Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1992, International Exhibition of Illustration and Book Graphics, 17. 6. – 23. 8. 1992, silkscreen, 100,5x70
Jan Rajlich: Books - NoBooks, Moravian Museum in Brno,
17. 6. – 23. 8. 1992, silkscreen, 84,5x60
Seymour Chwast: Seymour Chwast in Ambrosiana, 1992, silkscreen, 60x84,5
Grand Prix: Ivan Chermayeff, U. S. A.



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Aleš Najbrt: 16th International Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1994 – Poster, Corporate Identity, Advertisisng Graphics, 15. 6. – 25. 9. 1994, silkscreen, 96x64,5
Mitsuo Katsui. Winner of the Brno Biennale Grand Prix 1990, Design Centre of the Czech Republic, Brno, silkscreen, 53x95,5
Seymour Chwast: Issues and Causes, AIGA New York, Moravian Gallery in Brno, 15. 6. – 25. 9. 1994, silkscreen, 95,5x65
Jan Rajlich jun. : AIDS - ARTIS Paris, silkscreen, 95,5x65
Grand Prix: James Victore, U. S. A.



17.
Pavel Hrach: 17th International Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1996 – Illustration, Typography and Type in Books, Magazines and Newspapers,
19. 6. – 22. 9. 1996, offset, 93x66
Jan Rajlich jun. : The 100 Best Posters from Europe and the United States 1945 – 1990, Brno Trade Fair, House of Technics, silkscreen, 100 x 70
Ivan Chermayeff: Posters. Winner of the Brno Biennale Grand Prix 1992, Design Centre of the Czech Republic, Brno, silkscreen, 93x65
Grand Prix: Aleš Najbrt, Czech Republic



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Aleš Najbrt: 18th International Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 1998 – Poster, Corporate Identity, Information and Advertising Graphics, 24. 6. – 27. 9. 1998, offset, 96x66
James Victore: Posters. Winner of the Brno Biennale 1994, Design Centre of the Czech Republic, silkscreen, 100 x 70
Grand Prix: Ralph Schraivogel, Switzerland



19.
Haloun, Karel: 19th International Biennale of Graphic Design Brno 2000 – Graphic Desing and Type in Books, Magazines, Newspapers and New Media,
21. 6. – 24. 9. 2000, silkscreen, 59,5x84,5
Grand Prix: Stefan Sagmeister, U. S. A