RIT Galleries Showcase Bruno Monguzzi Poster Collection

Contemporary Swiss graphic designer is renowned for his typographical inventions




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Poster by Bruno Monguzzi

Rochester Institute of Technology is offering the opportunity to take a rare look at Swiss poster design. An exhibition of posters by renowned Swiss graphic designer Bruno Monguzzi will be on display at the Bevier and University Galleries at RIT from Sept. 9 through Oct. 5.

Monguzzi will be on the RIT campus to discuss his designs at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 in the College of Liberal Arts, room A205. An opening reception for the public will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Bevier Gallery.

“Bruno Monguzzi is an acknowledged contemporary master of graphic design, particularly in the poster medium,” says R. Roger Remington, Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at RIT. “The exhibit of 100 Monguzzi posters, from the Thomas Strong Collection, commands two galleries in Booth Hall, the Bevier Gallery and the University Gallery. On behalf of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, I urge the community to come and view the exhibit.”

Monguzzi is one of the most highly esteemed graphic designers in Switzerland today. After studying graphic design in Geneva and typography, photography and gestalt psychology in London, he began his career at Studio Boggeri in Milan in 1961. In 1963, Monguzzi became a teacher for typographic design in Venice and from 1965 until 1968 he spent three years in Montreal where he designed nine pavilions for the Expo 1967 World Exhibition.

Among his most significant projects: the visual identity of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the exhibition Mejerchold Majakowskij at Castello Sforzesco in Milan, and the posters for Museo Cantonale d‘Arte in Lugano. Monguzzi’s work has been published and exhibited in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and China.

Bevier Gallery and University Gallery are located in RIT’s James E. Booth Hall. Bevier Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For information call 585-475-2646. University Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. (585-475-2404) Admission is free and visitor parking is available in E and F lots.

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Poster by Bruno Monguzzi