Museum Folkwang, Essen
– 14 January 2018
The Museum Folkwang is holding an exhibition of selected posters by the Swiss graphic artist Niklaus Troxler (born in 1947) until 14 January 2018. Troxler’s graphic designs have something special: his visual language comes very close to how jazz sounds, and explains how he became famous internationally and much in demand as a graphic designer of the jazz scene.
So what is it that characterises his style? Is it the dynamics, the cheerful humour of his posters, or the improvised movement that indeed resembles the music of jazz? After studying in Lucerne, Troxler organised jazz festivals himself and so became involved with visual representations of this genre of music.
His posters have won various awards over the years and are represented in major art collections around the world.
The graphic means he uses are indeed highly variable – he creates designs in both, colour and black and white, graphic or illustrative motifs or by making using of typography. And so he manages to convey jazz visually in many different ways.
In addition, the programme offers jazz concerts and workshops to accompany the exhibition. In the workshops, participants have the opportunity of designing record album covers and posters together with Troxler himself.