BRNO, CAPITAL OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION IN 2002

27 April 2002
To celebrate the 20th Brno Biennial, Icograda and the Moravian Gallery in Brno (Czech Republic) joined forces to make Brno the Capital of Visual Communication in 2002.
Brno (Czech Republic) - To celebrate the 20th Brno Biennial, Icograda and the Moravian Gallery in Brno (Czech Republic) joined forces to make Brno the Capital of Visual Communication in 2002.
 
20th Brno Biennial of Graphic Design
The 20th Brno Biennial, endorsed by Icograda,* will be held from 18 June to 20 October 2002 at the Moravian Gallery and other galleries in Brno (Czech Republic). This international exhibition of poster, corporate identity, information and advertising graphics will showcase the most progressive and current trends in graphic design and will raise public awareness about the impact of graphic design in society. 
 
The Brno Biennial, launched in 1963, is the most important international exhibition of graphic design in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest periodical design exhibitions in the world. The 2002 Biennial will highlight designs that shape today's visual culture and contribute to the functional organisation of information. Selected from 814 entries, works by 344 designers from 42 countries will be featured in the exhibition. The largest collections are from Japan (73 participants), Czech Republic (47), Germany (24), China (21), Poland (17), USA (15), France (13), Italy (12) and Russia (10). 
 
Main Exhibition
Date: 18 June   20 October  
Place: Moravian Gallery: Museum of Applied Arts, Husova 14 and Governor's Palace, Moravsk  n mesti 1a 
Opening: 18 June, 19:00, Museum of Applied Arts 
 
The 20th Brno Biennial is complemented by a number of events that will exhibit contemporary trends in international graphic design: 
 
Posters of Ralph Schraivogel (Switzerland)
The exhibition will present the best poster works of this Swiss graphic designer and 18th Brno Biennial laureate. Schraivogel became famous in the Early 1990's with his experimental posters, which incorporate manipulated photography and typography. 
 
Date: 17 June   20 October 
Place: Design Centre of the Czech Republic, Radnicka 2 
Opening: 17 June, 21:00, Design Centre 
 
Exhibition of the International Jury Members
The International Jury Members of the 20th Brno Biennial 2002 include Michel Bouvet (France), Leimei Julia Chiu (Japan), Uwe Loesch (Germany), Vaughan Oliver (United Kingdom), Peter Pocs (Hungary), Michael Rock (USA), Guy Schockaert (Belgium), Ralph Schraivogel (Switzerland), Karel Micek, Iva Janakova and Zdenck Ziegler (Czech Republic). 
 
Date: 18 June   20 October 
Place: Moravian Gallery: Museum of Applied Arts, Husova 14 
Opening: 18 June, 17:00, Museum of Applied Arts 
 
Otto Neurath: ISOTYPE and Development of Modern Global Symbols
The project explains the origin of pictograms and 'visual abbreviations' which have become important contributions to universal communication. 
 
Date: 18 June - 20 October 
Place: Moravian Gallery: Governor's Palace, Moravske namesti 1a 
Opening: 18 June, 18:00, Moravian Gallery: Museum of Applied Arts, Husova 14 
 
Czech Film Posters of the 20th Century
This exhibition, prepared in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and the Prague National Film Archive, will present the most remarkable Czech posters for both local and foreign films from the past century. 
 
Date: 18 June   20 October 
Place: Moravian Gallery: Museum of Applied Arts, Husova 14 
Opening: 18 June, 18:00, Museum of Applied Arts 
 
Personalities of Czech Graphic Design: Jaroslav Svab (born 1906, Hodonin - 1999, Prague)
The exhibition will display Svab's outstanding graphic design works, dating from 1928-1990. This significant Czech graphic artist designed cultural posters, books, publishing house logotypes, postage stamps and bookplates, and was also a painter, typographer, puppeteer and publicist. 
 
Date: 18 June   28 July 
Place: Moravian Gallery: Pracak Palace, Husova 18 



For more information, contact:
Marta Sylvestrova, Moravian Gallery
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For information about the 20th Brno Biennial and other accompanying events, visit www.bienale-brno.cz
 
For information on Icograda events in Brno, visit www.brno2002.cz

*Icograda endorsement is a guarantee that the design event complies with approved international guidelines.