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19 May 2010

Graphics and the uncanny

john ridpath
the events department
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Rick Poynor revisits the surreal for a show at the Brno Biennial 2010

‘Let us not mince words: the marvellous is always beautiful, anything marvellous is beautiful, in fact only the marvellous is beautiful’ (André Breton, Surrealist Manifesto). At this year’s Brno Biennial, Rick Poynor will be guest curating an exhibition of beautiful, marvellous artwork entitled ‘The Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design’.

Poynor has written about graphic design’s relationship with the surreal before: see ‘Dark tools of desire’ in Eye 63 and ‘Documents of the marvellous’ in Eye 65.

Top: Toyen, cover of André Breton’s Spojité nádoby / The Communicating Vessels (1934).

Below: Franciszek Starowieyski, film poster for Mademoiselle (1970).


The Young Törless

Above: Karel Teissig, film poster for Mladý Törless / The Young Törless (1967).

Below: Vaughan Oliver, Tim Vary (designers) & Simon Larbalestier (photographer), poster for Ballet Preljoncaj: Paysage après la bataille (1998).

Ballet Preljoncaj

The Box Man

Above: John Gall & Ned Drew, book cover of The Box Man by Kobo Abe (2001).

Below: Ed Fella, ‘Ed Fella in Stockholm’ (2003).


22 June > 24 October 2010
24th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2010
Moravian Gallery
Husova 18, 662 26 Brno
Czech Republic

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