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What is this?

A mixture of different type fonts arranged on a diagonal opposition with rectilinear text blocks. Printed in "split-fountain" which produces color transitions from red at top left, through orange, yellow to green, blue, lavender and violet at bottom right corner. The date is printed in black at top center.

Why is this in our collection?

This poster is by Max Bill, a Swiss painter, sculptor, and designer who is one of the seminal figures in 20th-century Swiss graphic design and typography. Bill is most famous for his graphic interpretation of Bauhaus and constructivist ideals. His designs from the mid-1930s for the Zurich Kunstgewerbemuseum show his application of geometric forms and an ordered compositional layout directly inspired by the graphic and typographical innovations of Herbert Bayer, his mentor at the Bauhaus from 1927 to 1929. Bill studied at the Zurich Kunstgewerbeschule from 1924 to 1927 and at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1927 to 1929. Bill returned to Zurich in 1929, where he became instrumental in the development of the... more

This is a poster from Switzerland. It is dated 1931 and we acquired it in 2004. Museum purchase through gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 107 as part of How Posters Work.

Its medium is

letterpress on white wove paper

Its dimensions are

64.3 × 91 cm (25 5/16 × 35 13/16 in.)

This object was designed by Max Bill and printed by Berichthaus and made for (as the client) Stadttheater, Basel

This object was purchased from Reinhold Brown Gallery

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Poster, Tanzstudio Wulff, 1931 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=28 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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