Rights of Humankind. Artis 89's Images Internationales pour les Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen
(International Images for the Rights of Man and the Citizen)
23 ½ x 33 in. (60 x 84 cm)
In 1989, in honor of the bicentennial of the French Revolution, the French organization Artis ’89 commissioned a group of 66 artists and graphic designers to produce posters based on the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, the human rights document of the French Revolution.
Japanese graphic designer Shin Matsunaga (1940-) is known for his corporate identity programs, logo designs and posters. For the Artis project he chose to illustrate the statement “Rights of Humankind” with a beautifully abstracted human form.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum holds a substantial collection of Matsunaga’s posters, including this one.