Josef Müller-Brockmann (May 9, 1914, Rapperswil, Switzerland – August 30, 1996) was a Swiss graphic design pioneer. He studied architecture, design and history of art at the Kunstgewerbeschule and the University in Zurich. At the age of 22, Müller-Brockmann opened his own studio with a focus on graphic design, exhibition design and photography. During the 1940s, he became inspired by the theater and music and started to attract attention with the quality of his stage sets and his graphic works. His objective design practices led to the breakthrough of the “Swiss Style” during the 1950s. In 1958, he became the founder and co-editor (until 1965) of the journal Neue Grafik (New Graphic Design), spreading the principles of Swiss Design internationally. Müller-Brockmann was a professor at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Zurich during the late 1950s and a guest lecturer at the University of Osaka and the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm during the 1960s. Together with his wife and artistic partner, Shizuko Yoshikawa, he published the book The History of the Poster in 1971. Müller-Brockmann never allowed his designs to be influenced by trends or styles but followed his own aesthetics and ethics. His posters provided numerous institutions and companies with a convincing graphic appearance and became a model in their quality. In 1987, he was awarded a gold medal for his cultural contribution by the City of Zurich. Müller-Brockmann passed away on August 30, 1996 in Zurich.

All of the posters are from our inventory or auction archive.

Schützt das Kind / Protect the Child, 1953

schützt das kind, 1953

Das freundliche Handzeichen. , 1955

das freundliche handzeichen, 1955

der film, 1960

der film, 1960

Weniger Lärm / Less Noise

weniger lärm, 1960

Anthologie de musique suisse, 1965

Anthologie de musique suisse, 1965

Frühjahrskonzert der Tonhalle-Gesellschaft, 1953

Frühjahrskonzert der Tonhalle-Gesellschaft, 1953

beethoven, 1955

beethoven, 1955

the family of man, 1958

the family of man, 1958

musica viva, 1961

musica viva, 1961

Opernhaus Zürich - Coppelia, 1968

Opernhaus Zürich – Coppelia, 1968

Opernhaus Zürich - Der Nussknacker, 1969

Opernhaus Zürich – Der Nussknacker, 1969

Opernhaus Zürich - Die schalkhafte Witwe, 1971

Opernhaus Zürich – Die schalkhafte Witwe, 1971

 

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