About

The poster seems ubiquitous in Lucerne. In the small tourist town at the foot of the Alps in central Switzerland you can see them on poster boards and advertising columns [Litfasssäule], but also on the sandwich boards of street philosophers or on comedy stages. It is thus not surprising that Lucerne has recently achieved international renown as the “poster town” — just think of the exhibitions that have featured posters from Lucerne in Berlin, Chaumont, Beijing and Cairo, or the touring exhibition in Russia.

These exhibitions managed to temporarily counter the transient nature that is the fate of the poster as a medium. But exhibitions are also ephemeral, and soon there was the question of a form of documentation that would outlast all of this. This is how Poster Town came about, a project that was initiated by eight poster designers and came to be a book, website, and touring exhibition at the same time, exploring the Lucerne poster scene between the years of 2007 and 2017.

This website archives and reflects the contents of the book: On one hand the website opens access to the collection on different levels, and then on the other hand, the collection of posters that are published in the book will be constantly extended with new posters. Starting with almost 800 posters by 160 designers with a close connection to Lucerne, the collection is ment to be growing over time. It is not a ‘best of’ parade or a ‘hall of fame’ of the Lucerne poster but rather an undogmatic compilation that documents the wide spectrum of the local scene. That is why the posters can be ordered according to formal criteria to enable comparisons, cross-referencing or juxtapositions.

Furthermore Poster Town will travel the world as a touring exhibition. Following the kick-off in September 2017 at the poster festival Weltformat in Lucerne, the exhibition will go on show on different continents.

Poster Town is not the end of an era but rather an assessment of a scene that illustrates how a sleepy tourist town can be just enough to attract attention in the world of poster design.


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Poster Town. Contemporary Poster Design From Lucerne

Editors: Erich Brechbühl, Klaus Fromherz, Martin Geel, Michael Kryenbühl, Simon Rüegg, Raphael Schoen, Ivan Weiss and Megi Zumstein
165 × 222 MM, German / English
784 pp. featuring almost 800 posters by 160 designers
thread-sewn vinyl-softcover, layflat-binding
Spector Books, Leipzig, September 2017
ISBN: 978–3–95905–178–1

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Exhibition

Past exhibitions

13. – 18. November 2017

Dubai Design Week
DIDI Space, Mezzanine Level, Building 4, Dubai Design District




23. September – 1. October 2017

Historisches Museum Luzern
Weltformat Poster Festival Lucerne, Switzerland

Curation: WELTFORMAT

scenography: PENG PENG

Exhibition view at Historisches Museum Luzern.

Photos: Savino Caruso

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Poster town is a continuously updated and curated archive of posters from Lucerne. Help us to keep the archive up-to-date and upload your current posters. We accept only posters that have a connection to Lucerne.
The editors choose at irregular intervals from the submissions and publish the posters on the website. A newsletter will be sent to all the contributors after every update.

Imprint

Poster Town
Contemporary Poster Design from Lucerne

Editors
Erich Brechbühl, Klaus Fromherz, Martin Geel, MichaeL Kryenbühl,
Simon Rüegg, Raphael Schoen, Ivan Weiss and Megi Zumstein

A Website by
Johnson / Kingston – Ivan Weiss, Michael Kryenbühl
with Sebastian Wyss

Fundraising
Angela Meier

With the kind support of
Albert Koechlin Stiftung
FUKA-Fonds Stadt Luzern
Regionalkonferenz Kultur Region Luzern RKK
zeugindesign-Stiftung
Stadt Luzern
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Casimir Eigensatz Stiftung
Stiftung Charlotte und Joseph Kopp-Maus
Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft der Stadt Luzern

Acknowledgement
Thanks to all designers for their awesome contributions!

Book published by
Spector Books
Harkortstraße 10
DE-04107 Leipzig
www.spectorbooks.com

Distribution
Germany, Austria: GVA, Gemeinsame Verlagsauslieferung Göttingen GmbH&Co. KG, www.gva-verlage.de
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© 2017; Spector Books, Leipzig


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