- 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014
- Graphic Design, Education & Schools
Reflecting developments in graphic design and visual culture for more than 50 years now, the International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno is one of the oldest and most significant events of its kind.
The theme of the 26th edition of the Brno Biennial is education in the field of graphic design and visual communication.
This thematically focused biennial will – through a wide range of exhibitions, lectures and accompanying programs – investigate the educational models of contemporary graphic design as well as the methods and approaches of individual tutors and schools. It will also look at the diversity of specific schools, the influence of architecture on education, and the relationship between theory and practice.
Exceptionally, the International Exhibition, which is a traditional part of the Brno Biennial, will leave aside the work of professionals to focus instead on work created by students.
The accompanying exhibitions will map the theme of education in a range of aspects: in a variety of educational systems, school assignments and exercises; in the breadth of study materials; in an overview of historical development; and in a specific environment in which education takes place. A reader devoted to education in graphic design and visual communication will be published.
The work of educators will be represented by an exhibition project involving Brno Biennial Grand Prix winners Mevis & Van Deursen (2012), and an exhibition providing an overview of the work of Czech designer and educator Rostislav Vaněk.
The international symposium (20–22 June) will introduce important designers and design theoreticians connected with education.
A new accompaniment to this Brno Biennial will be the OFF program – an open space hosting a wide range of self-organized activities, workshops, interventions and presentations.
The 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design will be held from 19 June to 26 October 2014 in the Moravian Gallery in Brno.
Organised by the Moravian Gallery in Brno, curated by Radim Peško (CZ)Radim Peško is a graphic designer based in London. He works in the field of type design, editorial and exhibition projects. Work includes identity for Secession Vienna (AT), Berlin Biennale 8 (DE) in collaboration with Zak Group, various work for Moravian Gallery, Brno (CZ), Eastside Projects, Birmingham (UK) or a long-term collaboration with artist Kateřina Šedá among others. In 2010 he has established his RP Digital Type Foundry that specializes on typefaces that are both formally and conceptually distinctive. He teaches at Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL) and École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon (F). Since 2011 he is part of curatorial board of International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno (CZ). , Adam Macháček (CZ)Adam Macháček (1980) is a graphic designer. Following studies at the AAAD in Prague, Gerrit Rietveled Academie in Amsterdam and Ecal in Lausanne, he co-founded in 2004 studio Welcometo.as in Lausanne and is a member of 2014 Designers collective. His work includes publications, exhibition catalogues, illustrations and identities. Collaborations include, among others, The Moravian Gallery in Brno, Théâtre de Vevey (2003–2012 seasons), Galerie Rudolfinum, SFMOMA, Chronicle Books, Museum of Czech Literature, Brno House of Arts. For Brno Biennial he initiated and organized exhibitions Work from Switzerland (2004) and Work from Mars (2006, together with Radim Peško). Since 2011 he is a member of the curatorial team of the International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno. He lives and works in Berkeley. and Tomáš Celizna (CZ)Tomáš Celizna (1977) is interested in graphic design in connection with new technologies. He is a founding partner of design studio dgú in Prague (2001–2005), recipient of J. W. Fulbright Scholarship (2006), and holds M.F.A. in graphic design from Yale University School of Art (2008). He currently lives and works independently in Amsterdam. Collaborations include, among others, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; Graduate School of Design Harvard University, Cambridge; Faculty of Architecture CTU, Prague; OASE Journal for Architecture, Rotterdam; Royal Academy of Art, The Hague; Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and The New Institute, Rotterdam. Since 2011 he is a lecturer in graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and a member of the curatorial team of the International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno. .