Böse Dinge, Gewerbe Museum, Winterthur
35 x 50 in. (90 x 128 cm)
Ralph Schraivogel (1960-) is one of the most influential figures in contemporary Swiss graphic design. The poster has long been his medium of choice. Schraivogel’s posters are eclectic – for each carefully researched commission he finds a unique and fitting take on the subject matter. He is well known for his highly complex and richly patterned works, but he also produces more restrained compositions when it suits the commission. Schraivogel’s posters are held in major museums around the world and have been the subject of international exhibitions.
This poster is for an exhibition at the Gewerbe Museum in Winterthur that explored notions of “good” and “bad” taste in design. Within the large letters spelling out the name of the exhibition, Schraivogel has inserted phrases connected with the show’s theme, such as taste dictatorship, cheap originality, rubbish, decadence, bombast and more.