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International Poster Exhibition

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Creator Walter Käch
Printing year 1933
Sheet size (cm) 128×89.5
Printing technique Lithograph
Printer J. C. Müller
Condition A-
Asking price 2'700 CHF
Categories Design & Architecture, Zurich

To create a poster for a poster exhibition is one of the most demanding tasks for a designer, because he knows: in view of the (graphic) artists represented, his design is hardly ever more critically eyed.
Walter Käch did a pretty great job in 1933 (he was, just by the way, later the teacher of a certain Adrian Frutiger) with his work for the first International Poster Exhibition of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Zurich: At a time when Swiss (commercial) artists had only been experimenting with typography for a few years and avant-garde was not yet a dirty word (soon it was to be mainly about intellectual defense of the nation), he chose a modernist, rather conceptual approach, played with perspective and depth – and finally managed to achieve a three-dimensional effect with two-dimensional means; just look at the shading of the white rectangle, which make you think of a poster in the wild.