18th International Lahti Poster Biennial 2011 opens 6 June


27 May 2011
Lahti (Finland) - A new record was made in the number of entries offered for the Lahti 2011 Poster Biennial. As many as 6 958 posters (compared with approximately 2 600 in 2009) from 50 countries (49 in 2009) were submitted for the exhibition.
Lahti (Finland) - A new record was made in the number of entries offered for the Lahti 2011 Poster Biennial. As many as 6 958 posters (compared with approximately 2 600 in 2009) from 50 countries (49 in 2009) were submitted for the exhibition. For the first time in the history of the event, the submissions were sent as digital files to Lahti Art Museum. A national jury selected the works to be displayed from among the digital entries offered for the exhibition. The members of the national jury were the graphic designers Pekka Loiri, Hilppa Hyrkäs, Esa Ojala and Kari Piippo.

Nearly 300 posters from 36 countries will be on show in the 18th International Lahti Poster Biennial. Especially China, Poland, Germany and Iran are strongly represented in the exhibition. New participating countries in the Lahti Poster Biennial include Indonesia and Thailand. As in the previous exhibitions, there are two categories in the biennial, one for cultural posters, social and commercial posters and another one for environmental posters. The prizes will be distributed in connection with the Opening Ceremony of the exhibition on Thursday, 9 June.
The prizes will be awarded by a distinguished international jury. The members of the International Jury are Stephan Bundi from Switzerland, Gitte Kath from Denmark, Germán Montalvo from Mexico, Pekka Piippo from Finland and Péter Pócs from Hungary.

Posters designed at a workshop by the graphic design students of the Aalto University School of Art and Design and Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Design will be on view on shop windows in the city centre of Lahti in summer.

A commemorative poster exhibition to honour Professor Tapani Aartomaa (1934 - 2009) will be on view in the Sibelius Hall in Lahti from 30 June to 31 July 2011. The exhibition was first displayed in connection with the International Poster Biennial Mexico 2010 in the Puebla City Congress Palace. The Chairman of Mexico Poster Biennial, Xavier Bermudez, Professor Marjatta Itkonen and graphic designer Pekka Loiri were responsible for the arrangements of the exhibition.

Prizes

Grand Prix 3 500 EUR

Grafia Prix: 3 000 EUR
2nd Prize: 1 700 EUR

Environmental Posters, Lauri Tarasti Prize: 3 000 EUR
Certificates of Honour



For more information:

Kari Savolainen
Lahti Poster Museum
Vesijärvenkatu 11 A
Box 113
FIN-15111 Lahti
T: +358 3 814 4546
F: +358 3 814 4545
E: kari.savolainen@lahti.fi
W: lahdenmuseot.fi

About the Lahti Poster Museum

The Poster Museum was established in connection with The Lahti Art Museum in Autumn 1975. Its aim is to collect, deposit and study Finnish and foreign graphic design. The collections are augmented mainly through donations but also through purchases and deposits. The collections contain approximately 60 000 prints, most of which are posters.

Also labels, ex libris, copies of art prints etc. are being collected. The Graphic Designers, The Finnish Fair Cooperation and the publishing company Otava, among others, have deposited posters at the museum. The Cooperative Union and the publishing company WSOY have donated their poster collections to The Lahti Poster Museum.