Autumn 2019

Art and ambiguity

The identity for Venice Biennale Arte 2019, designed by Melanie Mues, distorts type across a colourful three-dimensional grid

Last year, Melanie Mues was approached by curator Ralph Rugoff to design the identity for the Venice Biennale Arte 2019. This was the biggest commission she had taken on since founding her studio in 2001. Her practice Mues Design is a one-person shop, in a former fish bar in East London. The German-born designer is known for her work with publishers (Archive of Modern Conflict, Rizzoli, Phaidon), galleries (Tate, V&A) and photographers such as Tim Walker (see page 81) and Stephen Gill (see Eye 77).


Short guide divider spread.
Top. Identity design by Melanie Mues for the Venice Biennale Arte 2019 shown on the two-volume catalogue against the city’s blue vistas. Main photograph by Jacopo Salvi.

Spread from the Venice Biennale Arte 2019 short guide, by Melanie Mues

John L. Walters, editor of Eye, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 99 vol. 25, 2019


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