35 x 50 in. (90 x 128 cm)
A summer night sky advertises an outdoor concert series
Acclaimed Swiss graphic designer Rosmarie Tissi (1937- ) works out of her Zurich studio, formerly shared with her late partner Sigi Odermatt. Tissi’s posters have been exhibited internationally and she received the Swiss Grand Award for Design in 2018.
Tissi’s highly recognizable designs feature vivid colors and bold abstract forms.
Tissi has said that she finds the Swiss Style – the strict grid-based graphic design style which became internationally popular in the 1960s and 1970s – too rigid for her taste. Tissi’s compositions, in contrast, have always been very dynamic and often quite playful.
For many years, Tissi designed the posters for an annual open-air concert festival in Zurich called the Serenaden. In this example from 1993, Tissi brings the outdoor setting to life with the simplest of forms: clouds, sun, and typographic rays of light.
In an interview with the Swiss National Museum, Tissi said of her Serenaden commissions: “I enjoyed the Serenades orders. I would finish one poster and would already have ideas forming for the next one and would start to play around with them. I also liked the music, I really enjoyed going to the concerts."