Wednesday, 9:59am
22 May 2024

BIG in Milan

The first Biennale Internazionale Grafica takes place from 23-26 May 2024

The Biennale Internazionale Grafica (BIG) opens in Milan this week, with four days of exhibitions, talks, workshops, social projects and events across the city, starting at the main hub of Milano Certosa District together with the ADI Design Museum.

There are plenty of exhibitions, talks and events, some with speakers and writers familiar to Eye readers, including Jonathan Barnbrook, Reudi Bauer, Tomo Tomo (Eye 103), Silvia Sfligiotti, James Clough, Riccardo De Franceschi and Francesco Franchi.

The extensive, eclectic programme features sessions that cover (for example) Bob Noorda’s designs for the Milan Metro 1; Lazy Dog Press; Fontstand; Beppe Giacobbe; Italo Lupi; graphic design for children; and AWDA, the AIAP Women in Design Award (see ‘Women in the room’ on the Eye blog).

The organisers encourage visitors to reflect on the role communication design plays as the world faces many urgent issues, and the festival will focus on the city, youth and sustainability.

Entry to all events is free. English-language programme here.

Matrimoni impossibili. Illustration by Beppe Giacobbe.

Roshanak Keyghobadi’s ‘Iranian Women in Graphic Design’, won the ‘AWDA for rights’ award at the AIAP Women in Design Award. The project is now housed at the PGDA (People’s Graphic Design Archive).

Portrait of Francesco Franchi by James Mollison. See ‘News cycle’ by Paolo Ferrarini in Eye 99.

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