Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Algerian Poster Project

Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Algerian Poster Project

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From 15-17 April 2009 I had the opportunity to spend a few days in the north African metropolis of Algiers, writes Verena Gerlach. I was invited by the Goethe Institute there to give a short talk at the opening of an exhibition on the German graphic designer, type creator and professor of advertising Lucian Bernhard.

The exhibition, which is taking place at the Musée National d'Art Moderne et Contemporain d'Alger (MAMA), was organised by the IFA [Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, the German institute for foreign cultural relations] and the Goethe Institute, and shows most of Bernhard's important posters and commercial works.

I ran a two-day poster workshop at the École des Beaux Arts d'Alger to accompany the exhibition. The school's building is itself amazing: all the studios look out on to the city and the sea.

The group was a balanced blend of first- to third-year students from different creative departments. Our brief was to design a poster announcing a concert by German-Moroccan- Algerian band Diwan in Algiers in late May. …

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