Edward Fella, Ed Fella in Stockholm, Sweden, poster-flyer (back), private collection.
Karel Teissig, Mladý Törless, 1967, poster, The Moravian Gallery in Brno, photo: MG archive.
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The uncanny … Surrealism and graphic design
September 24-December 4, 2011
The uncanny. Surrealism and graphic design, comprises over 250 works including films, posters and book covers from Europe and the United States and addresses the enduring influence of surrealism on the work of graphic designers. In seven themes such as the extraordinary, the grotesque and the imaginary, the exhibition of the surrealist imagery and influences artists and designers to this day fascinates.
In 1919, psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud defined the uncanny in his eponymous essay as a fear that arises when the familiar is suddenly strange. His analytical model of the human spirit, with a conscious and unconscious layer, the base of surrealism.
Although primarily known as a movement in art, surrealism also penetrates into the world of graphic design. The exhibition demonstrates the profound impact of surrealist ideas and images shown on the visual communication since 1930. A multifaceted overview of posters, record covers and book covers vintage to contemporary 'graphic novels explains an alternative tradition in graphic design subject. The powerful and engaging imagery is quirky and not according to any eztablished fixed grid,. Fundamental to the surrealist attitude is a constant search for the miraculous and the attention for the unusual aspects of reality. Using themes such as the wonder cabinet and obscure objects of desire, exhibition visitors encounters work by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, and Charles Edward Fella Teissig. A series of short films presented ??by designers are presented under the rubric "dream theater."
Karel Teissig, Karel Kachyna, The Last Butterfly/ Poslední motýl, 1990, poster, The Moravian Gallery, Brno, photo: MG Archive.
M/M (Paris), Everything/ Tout, 2006, poster, The Moravian Gallery, Brno.