Events

DON’T MISS

22 February — 23 April

The Nereids

The Lettering Arts Trust presents ‘The Nereids’ – an exhibition depicting 27 benign, mythical nymphs of Ancient Greece and Rome who represented the sea’s rich abundance and protected sailors and fishermen.

West Downs Gallery, West Downs Centre, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5HT

Monday-Friday 8.30am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm (no parking on weekdays until after 4pm)

23 February — 2 June 2024

Bert Hardy: Photojournalism in War and Peace

London-born Bert Hardy (1913-95, UK) was an influential English press and documentary photographer known for his work for Picture Post magazine.

Opening Times: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm; Thu-Fri: 10am-8pm; Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 11am-6pm. Fridays free from 5pm.

Venue: The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW.

24—28 February 2024

Design Doha Forum

‘The Design Doha Forum (DDF) is an integral part of the Design Doha Biennale (see below) that aspires to create a rich and dynamic discourse platform to explore the profound influence of design on all aspects of our lives.’ Doha, Qatar.
Tickets.

24 Feb — 4 August 2024

Arab Design Now

Arab Design Now presents a survey of local and regional design talent across disciplines, from architectural and material innovations to contemporary crafts, furniture, fashion, graphic, and object design.
Various venues, Doha, Qatar. Tickets.

26 February 2024

The True Stories of @ with Marc Smith

The spread of email more than a quarter of a century ago made the ‘at’ (@) sign an icon of digital communication. Historian Marc Smith charts the history of the sign in this online lecture for Cooper Union.

12:30-2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Free lecture – register here.

See ‘They work with words: Modern Toss’ in Eye 75.

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CURRENTLY ON

to 24 February 2024

Moscoso Cosmos: Victor Moscoso’s Visual Universe

Presenting over 200 works from graphic designer Victor Moscoso, the exhibition will showcase the psychedelic rock posters made in just eight months in 1966, and fourteen issues of the underground magazine Zap Comix published for more than 40 years since 1968. There is another selection of posters, record covers, comic strips, illustrations for books and magazines, animations and biographic photographs.

Instituto Cervantes Galeria, 211 East 49th Street, 10017 New York

to 24 February 2024

Marco Sanges: London ‘Sensations’

Haus der Fotografie Museum in Husum, Germany, presents the photographic works of Marco Sanges. The exhibition titled ‘London “Sensations”’ features black and white surrealist imagery, borrowing stylistically from the silent movies of the 1920s and 30s.

Admission: €6 / Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, and Sunday 11am – 4pm.

Haus der Fotografie Museum, Am Aussenhafen 28, D-25813 Husum, Germany

to 24 February 2024

Michel Lepetitdidier: Aller/voir/pouvoir/faire

‘Aller/voir/pouvoir/faire’ (en: ‘To go/to see/to be able/to do’) traces more than thirty years of practice of the French graphic designer Michel Lepetitdidier, who notably designed visual identities for the Louvre Museum and the Nicéphore Niépce Museum in Chalon-sur-Saône. His attachment to photography, in a dialogue between this medium and the graphic design of his work, will be in the centre of the exhibition.

Admission: €6-8

musée de l’Imprimerie et de la Communication graphique 13, rue de la Poulaillerie 69002 Lyon

to 24 February 2024

Pauline Boty: A Portrait

‘Pauline Boty: A Portrait’ presents a remarkable opportunity to view Boty’s coveted paintings in unison, alongside a plethora of profound, archival materials. A prominent figure in the British Pop Art movement of the 1960s, Boty waylaid convention with her fearless exploration of femininity, societal norms, politics, and popular culture

Gazelli Art House London, 39 Dover Street, W1S 4NN

to 24 February 2024

Recipes for Connecting

Recipes for Connecting’ (a collaborative, interactive, modular, publishing, exhibition exploring graphic design as a means for connection) reopened on Thursday, February 8 with an international collection of social, technical, personal, and culinary ‘recipes’ from 53 authors, open every Thursday and Saturday from 14. More details at a-z-presents.com

Venue: A—Z Gallery at Torstrasse 93, 10119 Berlin-Mitte, Germany.

Don’t miss the final event celebrating the closing of Recipes for Connecting’ on Saturday, February 24th. A—Z Gallery will be open from 2–7pm with more celebratory action starting at 6pm. For more upcoming event details, including connecting games for shy people see the A—Z Instagram.

to 25 February 2024

We Tried to Warn You! Environmental Crisis Posters, 1970–2020

Every poster in this exhibition is a failure – not in the sense that they failed in their graphic intent of communicating a message, but rather that they failed to successfully modify behaviour. Nevertheless, these impactful images have shaped the bounds of public debate on environmental issues, drawing attention to distinct and particular concerns. This exhibition avoids these tropes, charting a global history of environmental activism through posters, ranging in style from whimsical to apocalyptic.

Admission: $8-12

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, US

to 25 February 2024

Talking Bodies: Body Images in the Poster

Ever since the advent of the modern illustrated poster around 1900, the human body has been a popular subject. In the context of current debates on gender and race, as well as on body optimisation and media self-staging, the exhibition questions the body images propagated by our visual culture. Posters from the museum collection meet up with artworks and everyday objects to prompt a multifaceted examination of the body in its cultural, social and political dimensions.

Admission: CHF 12/8

Museum für Gestaltung, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, 8005 Zurich

to 25 February 2024

Art Deco: Commercialising the Avant-Garde

Featuring over 50 posters, this exhibition chronicles the rise and fall of what would come to be known as Art Deco, starting with the 1925 Paris Exhibition where various factions of the European avant-garde were distilled through commercial endeavours to become the visual language of capitalism, and ending as Deco graphics became more nationalistic in the lead up to World War II.

Admission: $8-12

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, US

to 25 February 2024

Ryoji Ikeda

Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda conducts sound, visuals, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations.

For this exhibition Ikeda will create new pieces that work together with the unique architecture of Amos Rex. In addition, parts one and two of Ikeda’s massive audiovisual installation, the hypnotic video trilogy data-verse (2019) will be on view.

Tickets are €5-20

Amos Rex, Mannerheimintie 22–24, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Read ‘Clicks and sparks’, John L. Walters’ article about Ryoji Ikeda’s data.anatomy on the Eye blog.

to 2 March 2024

UndoRedo

CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW

On the occasion of the publication of issue 70 of the magazine Un Sedicesimo, published by Corraini Edizioni, Undo-Redo presents an interactive installation in its studio in Paris. They transpose the overlay of transparencies, colours, and grids created for the magazine into the space of its studio.

Admission free / Opening: Saturday 10 February 2024, 4pm – 8pm

75 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi 75011, Paris

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Oh Jacno!

An exhibition at Le Signe in Chamount gathers posters of 20 designers and 14 students, who took on a challenge to echo the work of Marcel ‘Jacno’ Jachnovitch (1904-89). Jacno (see Eye 79 and Eye 86) was a prolific French graphic and type designer known for Chaillot typeface, the NPT logo or the winged helmet on the Gauloises cigarettes packaging among others. Visitors can view the works from Sarah Boris (see Eye 101), Bureau 205 (see Eye 90), Anette Lenz (see Eye 101), Anja Lutz (see Eye 37), Michel Lepetitdidier and many others.

Admission: free, Wednesday–Sunday, 2–6pm

Le Signe, Centre national du graphisme, 1 place Emile Goguenheim, 52000 Chaumont, France

to 3 March 2024

Mapping Modernity

‘Mapping Modernity’ is an exhibition that tells the story of our world in 250 maps. Each of them offers a glimpse into the mindset of those who commissioned it and the ways in which they sought to mould the world to suit them.

See ‘Mapping Asmara’, ‘Mapping it up’ and ‘Got to have a map’ on Eye blog, as well as ‘Anglo-Saxon latitudes’ in Eye 97 and ‘Cartographical display’ in Eye 76.

Admission: € 6-12

Design Museum Den Bosch, De Mortel 4, 5211 HV Den Bosch, The Netherlands

to 3 March 2024

The Big Screen: Film Posters of All Time

Since the dawn of cinema, posters have played a key role in publicising films. Posters put a movie on the streets and captivate the imagination. The exhibition The Big Screen: Film Posters of All Time presents three hundred original film posters dating from the early 1900s to the 2020s, all chosen from the Graphic Design Collection of the Kunstbibliothek (Art Library) of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, with the help of international guests from the film world.

Admission €10 / €5

Kulturforum, Exhibition Hall, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

Above: detail from Solo Sunny by Gerda Dassing, 1979 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Dietmar Katz

to 16 March 2024

Michel Haddi: Beyond Fashion

‘Beyond Fashion’ is the first major solo exhibition in Milan by French-Algerian photographer Michel Haddi. Showcased are photographs spanning across 40 years of Haddi’s career, featuring shots created for fashion brands such as Versace, Chanel or Armani, as well as many recognisable faces, including David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Djimon Hounsou and John Galliano to name but a few.

Visitors will get a chance to get photographed by Haddi 16-17 January, in a special two-day event titled ‘Be a Legend’.

Admission is free.

29 Arts In Progress gallery, Via San Vittore 13, 20123 Milan, Italy

Above: © Michel Haddi, Molly Sims Citizen K Magazine, Miami, 2005. Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery.

to 17 March 2024

UVA: Synchronicity

An exhibition of London-based artist collective United Visual Artists (UVA), featuring seven large-scale immersive works, several newly commissioned pieces and collaborations that explore our perception of space and time and challenge the ways we attempt to make sense of the world.

Tickets from £20.

180, The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA

See the article ‘Attacked by music, type and light’ by Noel Douglas in Eye 76, the music issue (still available).

to 17 March 2024

Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.

It will be the first solo institutional show of Barbara Kruger (see ‘Reputations’ in Eye 5) in London in over 20 years. The exhibition will feature a unique selection of installations, moving image works, and multiple soundscapes installed across the Serpentine building, bookshop, and outside banners, as well as on large-scale, immersive wraparound screens at Outernet Arts.

Admission is free / Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 6pm

Serpentine South Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

to 23 March 2024

New Ground: Jacob Samuel and Contemporary Etching

What makes a 500-year-old printing process new? Master printer and publisher Jacob Samuel has brought etchings – prints created by transferring ink from a metal plate to paper – into the 21st century through collaborations with more than 60 contemporary artists. Some of the artists had never made prints; others had hated the process. But with Samuel’s guidance, they all adapted this historic technique to their artistic visions. ‘New Ground: Jacob Samuel and Contemporary Etching’ gathers the resulting books and print portfolios to show the flexibility of etching and its reinvention for a contemporary world.

Admission: $30

MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan, New York

to 24 March 2024

Butsu Butsu: Contemporary graphic design in Japan

‘Butsu Butsu’ offers a glimpse into graphic design in Japan, with examples of books, printed matter, identities and visual communication, advertising campaigns, animation, video, augmented reality, signage, scenography and more. These objects have been brought together to understand what constitutes the very specificity of Japanese graphic design.

Admission is free.

Le Signe, Centre national du graphisme, 1 place Emile Goguenheim, 52000 Chaumont, France

to 31 March 2024

REBOOT: Pioneering Digital Art

‘Reboot’ is a large-scale exhibition on early digital art from the Netherlands, featuring key works from 1960 to 2000 alongside new interpretations by contemporary makers. With focus on the influence of digital technology on art and society, central themes are identity and beauty in a digital world, the impact of major tech companies and the fusion of human and machine.

Admission: €8 / €16.50

Sonneveld House, Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam, The Netherlands

to 14 April 2024

Advertising India’s Sandalwood Film Industry

Since 1971, a printer known as Ramachandraiah has been running a small shop in Bangalore with his son, Raju, the shop’s resident artist. Using a lithographic press built in 1901, they create striking movie posters for single-screen cinemas across the city, often copied directly from the movie’s official promotional material. Featuring bold colours and charming hand-drawn images of the film’s stars, these posters encapsulate the essence of South Indian Kannada cinema.

Admission: $8-12

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, US

to 14 April 2024

68th International Children’s Book Exhibition: Illustration Special

This year’s children’s book exhibiuption is showing current designs from all over the world for the 68th time, taking a closer look at pictures within.

The exhibition is supported by a rich programme of events.

Admission: €3-4 / free entry on Fridays

Klingspor Museum, Herrnstraße 80, 63065 Offenbach am Main, Germany

to 14 April 2024

Creating Community: Event Posters for AIGA NY

This exhibition highlights the full range of events hosted by AIGA NY from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. It chronicles the evolving state of the graphic design field, from the analogue to the dawn of the digital age and beyond.

Admission: $8-12

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, US

to 14 April 2023

Quasi: Experimental Writing Systems

At the intersection of typography, linguistics, and fiction, the exhibition approaches the invention of writing systems as a speculative process and an exercise to discover new quasi-realities within our systems of communication. This practice reveals a fascination with otherness where mythology and utopia are recurring themes. Through this exploration, ‘Quasi’ contributes to an ongoing dialog about re-worlding, imagination, and the importance of playing with language to foster linguistic diversity that can reshape our collective narrative.

Free and open to the public.

HMCT Gallery, ArtCenter College of Design, South Campus, 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 91105, US

to 14 April 2024

Cute

An exhibition that explores cuteness in contemporary culture, curated by Claire Catterall. Design: Graphic Thought Facility.

Embankment Galleries, South Wing, Somerset House, London. Tickets £11-18.50.

Image: Playing Dress Up With AI, 2023, Graphic Thought Facility.

Read ‘Kitty kitty bang bang’, Janet South’s report from ‘Cute’ on the Eye blog.

to 21 April 2024

Ettore Sottsass: Design Metaphors

The exhibition brings together a series of photographs taken by Ettore Sottsass between 1972 and 1978 and grouped under the title ‘Metafore’ (Metaphors).

Admission: €5

Triennale Milano, Viale Alemagna 6, 20121 Milano

to 5 May 2024

Abattoir

Aria Dean: Abattoir

The exhibition of the artist’s recent work explores the foundational relationship between modernity and death on conceptual and material levels. The ICA’s main gallery features Dean’s Abattoir, U.S.A.!, a site-specific film installation with immersive 8-channel sound. The animated film traverses the interior of an empty slaughterhouse. The film is mimicked in the ICA’s gallery through physical echoes of the virtual space. Composer Evan Zierk’s accompanying score samples field recordings, cinematic instrumentals, algorithmically generated sound, as well as a familiar pop cover. 

Tickets £5, valid all day.

Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH

Tuesday to Thursday, 4 – 9pm / Friday to Sunday, 12 – 9pm

Above: Aria Dean, Abattoir, U.S.A.!, 2023, single-channel video, courtesy the artist, Greene Naftali, New York and Château Shatto, Los Angeles

to 26 May 2024

Typographic Jazz

Using a mismatched set of nineteenth-century wood block letters, Jack Stauffacher reimagined type as abstract form; his experiments in inking and layering led to an extraordinary body of unique monoprints. This exhibition explores the iconic Bay Area printer’s playful, rarely seen work, and includes more than 100 prints, sketches, iterative proofs, and other experiments to help us understand his creative process.

Admission is free.

Letterform Archive, 2325 Third St. Floor 4R, San Francisco, CA 94107, US

to 26 May 2024

My Verses Are Like Dynamite

Exhibition of a series of small booklets with poetry opposing the Nazi propaganda between 1943 and 1945, written and designed by Curt Bloch. Presented will be all 95 original issues of the Het Onderwater Cabaret, accompanied by insight into the production of their covers, which Bloch adorned with photomontages put together using materials from newspapers and magazines at his disposal.

Admission is free.

Libeskind Building, ground level, Eric F. Ross Gallery, Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969, Berlin

Above: Cover of Het Onderwater Cabaret by Curt Bloch, 30 Aug 1943

to 31 May 2024

Miniature Masterpieces: 100 Years of Irish Stamps

Stamps provide a unique perspective on how we see ourselves and how we wish to be seen. Designed originally to show prepayment of postage, the humble stamp gradually became much more than a receipt as it transformed into an object of rare artistry, a symbol of nationhood and a miniature ambassador that quietly represents nations and their peoples throughout the world.

On display are 760 original Irish stamps, along with artwork, design proofs, printing plates, and other materials.

See also ‘A century of lick and stick’ on Eye blog.

Admission is free.

National Print Museum, Old Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, D04 E0C9, Ireland

to 29 June 2024

Design and gender (WT)

The comprehensive exhibition ‘Design and Gender’ addresses issues of equality and difference in the society through a design lens.

Admission: 25-45 NIS

Design Museum Holon, Pinhas Eilon St. Holon, 5845400, Israel

Above: Flex, Tim Meakins

to 7 July 2024

Designing the Social

Designing the Social

Exhibition examining socially driven ideas about living together, and exploring how Dutch society redesigned itself over the past 100 years. In a series of installations designers, researchers and curators select and (re)interpret pieces from archives to tell stories on social design.

Admission: €10.50

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam, Netherlands

to 11 August 2024

Japan: Myths to Manga

Young V&A’s very first exhibition presents an atmospheric trip through Japanese history, exploring how landscape and folklore have influenced Japan’s culture, technology and design.

Tickets: £10

Young V&A, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA

to 8 September 2024

Quentin Blake: Book Covers

This exhibition features 60 of Blake’s book covers from the 1960s to the present: from mid-century Penguin paperbacks to finely crafted special editions. First editions are shown alongside reproductions of original artwork from Blake’s archive that show how he combines typography, dynamic layouts and his unique way of drawing to create playful designs.

The travelling exhibition will be available at the following locations:

8 July — 17 September 2023
Aberdeen Art Gallery

2 October — 30 October 2023
South Dublin Libraries

10 February — 11 May 2024
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

29 June — 8 September 2024
Oxfordshire Museum

to 22 September 2024

Paula Scher: Type is Image

With ‘Type is Image’, Munich’s Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum – continues its tradition of inviting important contemporary designers to a site-specific installation. Paula Scher accepted this invitation with a walk-in exhibition that allows the public to immerse themselves in her world. From the floor to the walls to the hanging letters and posters, visitors are surrounded by Scher’s works.

See Reputations: Paula Scher in Eye 77.

Open daily 10-6pm, Thursday 10-8pm, closed on Mondays.

Die Neue Sammlung, Türkenstrasse 15, 80333 Munich

to 24 September 2024

Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols

Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols

From the STOP sign to the laugh-cry emoji, symbols play a critical and ubiquitous role in everyday life. As communication tools designed to break language barriers, symbols instruct, protect, entertain, connect, and communicate beliefs. This exhibition demonstrates how symbol design is a dynamic and collaborative effort through which individuals and communities have created, adopted, and redesigned symbols over time.

Admission: $7-16

Cooper Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128

to 13 October 2024

Edward Bawden & Me

This eclectic exhibition celebrates the work of printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist and designer Edward Bawden (1903-89). The show is curated by illustrator and printmaker Chris Brown, a friend of Bawden who has invited 30 artists and makers to respond to works by Bawden in The Higgins Bedford Collection.

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD

Free of charge. Opening Hours. Tue-Sat: 11am-5pm; Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday: 2-5pm. Closed on Mondays.

See ‘Friendships and glue’ and ‘Bawden galore’ on the Eye blog.

to 1 December 2024

Collection Insights: Seven Perspectives

An exhibition exploring seven views on organising a collection. The seven perspectives have to do with analogue and digital design methods, virtual objects and provenance research, key figures in the history of Swiss graphic design and design in the public space. Taking these as its starting point, Collection Insights will examine selected objects in the collection from different angles and explore how the museum’s collecting, exhibiting, and educational activities are interconnected.

Admission: 12CHF/ 8CHF

Museum für Gestaltung, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, 8005 Zurich

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UPCOMING EVENTS


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FEBRUARY 2024

22 February — 23 April

The Nereids

The Lettering Arts Trust presents ‘The Nereids’ – an exhibition depicting 27 benign, mythical nymphs of Ancient Greece and Rome who represented the sea’s rich abundance and protected sailors and fishermen.

West Downs Gallery, West Downs Centre, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5HT

Monday-Friday 8.30am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm (no parking on weekdays until after 4pm)

23 February — 2 June 2024

Bert Hardy: Photojournalism in War and Peace

London-born Bert Hardy (1913-95, UK) was an influential English press and documentary photographer known for his work for Picture Post magazine.

Opening Times: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm; Thu-Fri: 10am-8pm; Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 11am-6pm. Fridays free from 5pm.

Venue: The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW.

24—28 February 2024

Design Doha Forum

‘The Design Doha Forum (DDF) is an integral part of the Design Doha Biennale (see below) that aspires to create a rich and dynamic discourse platform to explore the profound influence of design on all aspects of our lives.’ Doha, Qatar.
Tickets.

24 Feb — 4 August 2024

Arab Design Now

Arab Design Now presents a survey of local and regional design talent across disciplines, from architectural and material innovations to contemporary crafts, furniture, fashion, graphic, and object design.
Various venues, Doha, Qatar. Tickets.

26 February 2024

The True Stories of @ with Marc Smith

The spread of email more than a quarter of a century ago made the ‘at’ (@) sign an icon of digital communication. Historian Marc Smith charts the history of the sign in this online lecture for Cooper Union.

12:30-2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Free lecture – register here.

See ‘They work with words: Modern Toss’ in Eye 75.

29 February 2024

Glorious Data Graphics with R. J. Andrews

Join us for an evening of insights and delights from the world of information graphics with ‘data storyteller’ R. J. Andrews. During this hybrid (IN-PERSON and ONLINE) event, we will dive into the heart of rare, extraordinary charts and maps from across the globe to spotlight forgotten design flourishes that deserve revival.

6-8pm Pacific time (2-5am GMT)
Onsite at Letterform Archive, 2325 Third St. Floor 4R, San Francisco, CA 94107, US and online via Zoom.
Register to attend for free.

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MARCH 2024

1-2 March 2024

Mouvo

An annual digital art conference in Prague, intersecting graphic design, film, animation, and technology. Across two say, an international cohort of speakers will lead talks, discussions, performances, lectures and presentations on the theme of ‘process’. Scheduled to speak are Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet (AATB), Bakken & Baeck, Linus Ekenstam, Paul Lëon and many others.

General admission is CZK 3,500.

TCM UMPRUM, Prague

2 March — 28 April 2024

Mudlarking: Unearthing London’s Past

The highlight of the exhibition is a complete alphabet of Doves Type from The Doves Press, a private printing press joint-founded by Emery Walker and T.J. Cobden-Sanderson in the first decade of the 20th century. This is the first time a full set of Doves Type has ever been exhibited. Until recently, the pieces lay at the bottom of the River Thames, following a spectacular falling out between the Press’s founders. The exhibition also includes other mudlarked finds, including fossils, prehistoric flint tools, Roman coins and pottery, Medieval pilgrim badges, Tudor fashion accessories, seventeenth-century children’s toys, Georgian personal adornments and Victorian curiosities.

The Emery Walker Trust, Emery Walker's House, 7 Hammersmith Terrace, London W6 9TS ​
For booking enquiries please contact [email protected] or +44 (0)208 741 4104 .

5 March 2024

Type Tuesday: We love books

Eye magazine hosts its first Type Tuesday of the year – all about books and book design. We will be joined by two Italian-born speakers – Luca Pitoni and Astrid Stavro – and the evening will begin with a must-see presentation about Anita Klinz (1923-2013), ‘the first Italian art director’ (below). Over two crucial decades at publisher Mondadori, Klinz transformed the look of Italian publishing. The forthcoming edition of Eye will feature an English-language article based on Ostinata Bellezza, Luca Pitoni’s book about Klinz’s life and work.

Based in Milan, Luca Pitoni is co-founder of the Italian editorial design studio Tomo Tomo. (see ‘Noise free’ in Eye 103. The studio redesigned the daily financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore and works with book publishers including Mondadori and the Touring Club Italiano. His recent book about book design legend Anita Klinz (1923-2013) is being adapted for Eye 106. An English-language edition for Thames & Hudson / Volume will appear later in the year.

Astrid Stavro is an award-winning designer based in London. Prior to running Astrid Stavro Studio, she was a partner at Pentagram and a co-founder of the design agency Atlas (see Reputations in Eye 95). She is the President of the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD), Trustee at St. Bride Foundation and member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).

The evening concludes with a panel discussion including Astrid, Luca and members of the Eye team.

There will be a bar and a stall at which you can buy bargain back issues of Eye plus the most recent edition – Eye 105.

Tickets £13, £11 members/concessions, £8.50 students
All proceeds go to support St Bride Foundation.

St Bride FoundationBride Lane, EC4Y 8EQ London

Tickets are non-refundable, but you are welcome to offer your ticket to another person. Please contact [email protected] to change the name of your booking at least seven days prior to the event date.

13 March 2023

Writing and painting: same source 书画同源

A lecture by Letter Exchange with calligrapher, lettering artist and painter Susie Leiper. ‘Writing and painting share a common source’ is a Chinese maxim. It is true of Chinese calligraphy and painting because both are executed with the brush. For Susie it is not so different. Having begun her lettering career with the pen, Susie has gone on to develop many forms of brush lettering before taking the brush further, into the realm of abstract painting.

Members £7, non-members £10, students £5 / In person and online / 6.30-8.30pm

The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

14 March 2024

Always Now: Typography and Semiotics

In this event organised by St Bride Foundation, Peter Saville (see ‘Reputations’ in Eye 17) will be in conversation with Paul Barnes (‘Reputations’ in Eye 82). Together, they will discuss how Saville’s work, from his time as Co-founder and Art Director of legendary UK label Factory Records through to a more recent collaboration with Sir Jonathan Ive’s studio LoveFrom, has been informed by an intuitive understanding of the semiotic power typography has to shape contemporary culture.

In-person tickets: £8.50-13 / doors open at 6.15 pm / talk: 7-8.30 pm (GMT)
Online tickets: £5-7 / talk: 7-8.30 pm (GMT)

St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Ln, EC4Y 8EQ, London

29 March — 8 September 2024

Enzo Mari

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli, this major exhibition will celebrate the life and work of Enzo Mari, an Italian designer whose work have inspired generations of creatives around the world. This retrospective which debuted at Triennale Milano in 2020, will span Mari’s 60-year career and bring together hundreds of his projects, ranging from furniture, children’s books and games, product and graphic design, to more conceptual installation-based works.

Admission: £9-20

The Design Museum, 224–238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG

Above: Installation view of the ‘Enzo Mari’ exhibition at the Triennale Milano in 2020.

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APRIL 2024

4-6 April 2024

OFFF Barcelona

Annual design conference held in Barcelona. Across three days of talks, events and workshops, an international line-up of speakers will share their thoughts and experience with the creative community. The 2024 programme will include Stefan Sagmeister (see Eye 49), Stuart Langfield, Marina Willer (see Eye 99), Mucho (see Eye 89), Kiel Mutschelknaus (see Eye 100, Jessica Hische (see Eye 75), among many others.

Tickets from €205

Venue to be announced.

10 April — 29 June 2024

Lettres d’amour

Between lettering, graffiti, calligraphy and character design, ‘Lettres d'amour’ exhibition explores contemporary lettering practices, through cross-disciplinary, multimedia, multi-dimensional, scholarly and vernacular approaches. Featuring the works of Benoît Bodhuin (see Eye 103), Bye Bye Binary, Hélène Marian (see Eye blog), Émilie Rigaud, Velvetyne Type Foundry and others.

le Bel Ordinaire, espace d’art contemporain, les Abattoirs, allée Montesquieu, 64140 Billère, Pau, France

17 April 2024

Led by letters – circular creativity in type and lettering

A lecture by Letter Exchange with lettering, illustration and type designer Jamie Clarke. From his Bristol-based studio, Jamie Clarke designs illustrative lettering projects alongside contemporary typefaces. Balancing these two letter-led, but distinct disciplines, has led him to discover an endless cycle of fresh ideas and new opportunities as well as giving him freedom that comes from switching between activities. In his talk, Jamie will share how his approach to drawing letters developed and explain how his two specialities interconnect and influence each other.

Members £7, non-members £10, students £5 / In person and online / 6.30-8.30pm

The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

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Ongoing

Philip Sayer: A journey through East Anglia

Philip Sayer: A journey through East Anglia

A digital exhibition presenting an extended series of photographs taken by Philip Sayer between 2005 and 2023 within a thirty-mile radius of his Norfolk home.

Through Sayer’s lens, the viewer is transported into a richly atmospheric vision of the region as an impressive sequence of images that sweep across its varied terrain. In his distinctive style – developed over the course of a professional photography career that spans six decades – deep darks meet fluctuating patches of vibrant light and between them a dynamic interplay of bold contrasts emerges.

Ongoing

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The 39th Graphic Design Exhibition of the Turkish Graphic Designers Association

This year the annual GMK Graphic Design Exhibition, a recollection of graphic design in Turkey since its debut in 1981, is being held online. The GMK Graphic Design Exhibition Digital Archive will also be publicly accessible in the coming months, displaying this recollection and allowing closer examination of the work and shifting tendencies in Turkish design over the past 39 years.

Ongoing

Yuri Suzuki Sonic Bloom

Sonic Bloom

A community-focused, multi-sensory installation exploring the nature of communication through the interactive deployment of sound. Curated by Alter-Projects and designed by sound artist, designer, and electronic musician, Yuri Suzuki.

Brown Hart Gardens, North Mayfair, London.

Free access

Online

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Reverting to Type 2020: Protest Posters

Reverting to Type 2020 is an exhibition of letterpress artwork with something to say, an international exhibition showcasing progressive letterpress artwork by 100 artists from seventeen countries, alongside the work of specially invited collaborators, including John Anstiss, Shelley Bird, Sarah Boris, Dennis Gould, Peter Kennard and Stewart Lee. (See Word play in Eye 101). The full exhibition contents can be seen at: revertingtotype.com

Ongoing

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Letterform Archive Online

The Letterform Archive have made their Online Archive public access. You can now enjoy virtual access to nearly 1500 objects and 9000 hi-fi images from their collection.

See ‘Access all areas’ by Claire Mason on the Eye blog and ‘Letterform Archive: Objects of inspiration’ in Eye 100.

Ongoing

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Design Interview 10Q

A series of design talks – with Matteo Bologna, Erik Brandt, Dafi Kühne, Thomas Kronbichler and Niklaus Troxler, with more to come – curated by graphic designer Fabio Mario Rizzotti. You can watch the interviews on the @designinterview10q IGTV and YouTube channel.

See ‘Sticks in the mind’ in Eye 69.

Ongoing

Soho Photography Quarter

Soho Photography Quarter

Soho Photography Quarter is a permanent new outdoor cultural space, presenting the very best of contemporary photography, for free. A tranquil and accessible cultural space only seconds from Oxford Street, Soho, Photography Quarter will present a rotating, open-air programme of site-specific and interactive artworks, which will change twice a year. The presentations will feature a significant art frieze in the main square, large-scale over street banners, plus moving image projections, soundscapes and other interactive works depending on the project.

Soho Photography Quarter, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW

Ongoing

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions)


Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions)

MOCA has reinstalled the monumental wall work by Los Angeles–based artist Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions) (1990/2018). The emblematic red, white, and blue artwork was originally commissioned by MOCA in 1989 for the exhibition A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation, and was last installed in 1990 on the south wall of MOCA’s building.

MOCA Gaffen, 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

See ‘Barbara Kruger: Reputations’ in Eye 5

Above: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions), 1990/2018, on view October 20, 2018–November 2020 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, photo by Elon Schoenholz.

Ongoing

Ruben Pater of Untold Stories at Insights 2020

Ruben Pater of Untold Stories at Insights 2020

Focusing on the ethics of design, this lecture discusses the unspoken realities of designers working remotely across the globe, and from there dives into social and political issues such as climate change, surveillance, and affordable housing.

See Peter Buwert’s ‘Design’s ugly truths’, a review of Ruben Pater’s The Politics of Design, in Eye 93.

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The 1970s

The decade marks a historic turn in art history for photography. No longer was traditional landscape and documentary photography the same. Photography shared the spotlight with painting.

Online exhibition on the website of the PDNB Gallery.

Above: Bill Owens, Our House is Built with the Living Room in the Back, 1971.