Bruno Monguzzi

Museo d’Arte e Archittectura, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano

36 x 50 in. (91 x 128 cm)

Offset, Excellent

Swiss graphic designer Bruno Monguzzi (1941-) is a master of typography and composition. He cites the Russian Constructivists (El Lissitsky in particular) as among his greatest influences. Like the early Russian modernists, he communicates ideas simply yet powerfully using basic geometric forms, bold colors, and engaging typography. From 1987 to 2004, Monguzzi designed the visual communications for the Museo Cantonale d’Arte in Lugano, Switzerland, and his posters for the museum’s exhibitions are masterpieces of graphic art.

This poster is for an exhibition that explored designs for art and architecture museums. Monguzzi uses simple intersecting shapes and planes, and strategically placed type, to create the depth of an architectural space while still emphasizing the flat plane of the poster.

At the bottom of the poster is the elegant typographic logo Monguzzi designed for the museum.

This poster is in the collection of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Museo d’Arte e Archittectura, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano