On the 10th of May, the International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno will open it’s doors to the public for the 28th time. The design festival, which takes place until the 30th of August, offers a platform for exhibitions, discussions and rich accompanying programmes. Over the past decades it has become one of the major graphic design events worldwide. We bring you insider tips of what to see at the Brno Biennial this summer, carefully picked and written by our guest author Ondrej Jelinek.
Ondrej, born and raised in the Czech Republic, is a brand designer, consultant and a frequent visitor of the Brno Biennial.
Graphic design as a quest for freedom
The history of the Brno Biennial dates back to the 1960s, when artists and designers from the Czechoslovakia craved for artistic freedom, independence and possibility to compare their works with the international scene. In its long history, the Biennale hosted many graphic design superstars such as Saul Bass, Wim Crouwel, Adrian Frutiger, Ladislav Sutnar, and Hermann Zapf, just to name a few. Laureate of this year’s Biennial in Brno is Aleš Najbrt, an established czech designer whose studio is responsible for the recent redesign of Masaryk University in Brno or National Gallery in Prague.
The 28th edition
Curators of 28th Biennial are Matěj Činčera, Jan Kloss and Adam Štěch from the creative group OKOLO. Apart from their design practice, the focus of the collaborative work spans from design and architecture to other disciplines. By using different media such as exhibitions and publications they present ideas and educative content as enthusiastic design lovers, theoreticians and curators. Their curatorial approach to Biennial reflects this practice by presenting graphic design in relation to other fields.