Signe presents the genius of Ralph Schraivogel in 65 iconic posters
The iconic Swiss designer Ralph Schraivogel, one of the pure masters of poster design who has been "accused" of spoiling the Swiss grid, is the star in France's National Centre for Graphic Design new exhibition.
Unconventional and inspired by Japan, Schraivogel, the graphic designer from Switzerland, is considered as one of the greatest poster designers since the 1990s. Three times laureate of the Chaumont International Posters Competition (1996, 2010, 2017), his posters are part of permanent collections of museums such as MoMA, New York and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Ralph Schraivogel has designed books, logos and visual identities, but since his early career he started devellopping designs for cultural events and institutions.
"The characteristics of Schraivogel’s work is the observation, the study and the exhaustion of a subject, translated and reinterpreted through image, transforming precision in a great visual power. The graphic work of Ralph Schraivogel is consistent and singular and rare : his annual production is limited to two or three posters which he works through a long process of research and sketches".
The exhibition presents 65 posters from the contemporary posters collection of le Signe, enriched with loans from the author's personal archives: preparatory works that show the process of creation and the intermediate phases of the creation of a poster.
Ralph Schraivogel was born in 1960 in Lucerne, Switzerland. He studied graphic design at the Schule für Gestaltung Zürich from 1977 to 1982. After receiving his diploma, he opened his own graphic design studio in Zurich. He designs print media and devotes himself above all to poster design. His posters are part of numerous collections around the world including the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The exhibition is produced by le Signe National Centre for Graphic Design, and will run from November 10, 2017 — February 4, 2018.