5 October 2018 until 6 January 2019
Günter Karl Bose
Posters – Books – Graphics

Günter Karl Bose (b. 1951) has counted among Germany’s leading graphic designers for around a quarter of a century. He works for clients in the cultural sector, including orchestras and theatres, museums and publishing houses. Out of letters and numbers, image fragments, colors, and lines, he creates imaginative pictures that both surprise the eye and respond with great feeling to the given theme. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) presented in Bose’s first museum exhibition some 140 works: mainly posters but also smaller print products such as books, brochures, flyers, and CD covers. The show gave visitors a broad overview of the oeuvre of the Berlin graphic artist. One focal point was Bose’s work for the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation’s Musica Viva series. Other sections of the exhibition were devoted to theatre and opera posters, font design and typography, as well as layout and book design.

Günter Karl Bose studied German Language & Literature, Philosophy, and Political Science at the University of Freiburg. He was a publisher in Berlin (Brinkmann & Bose) from 1980 to 1995 and from 1993 to 2017 professor of typography and director of the Institute of Book Design at Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts. He works as a designer ( mainly in the cultural field. He finds it “inappropriate” to refer to himself as an “artist.” Bose has published widely on cultural and media history, including the books “Photomaton” (2011), “Big Zep” (2013), “Stardust” (2014), and “Bookish” (2017), featuring anonymous photographs from his collection. A volume of his essays was published in 2013 under the title “Das Ende einer Last. Die Befreiung von den Büchern.”

Günter Karl Bose had generously pledged to donate the works on view to MKG’s Graphic Art Collection after the exhibition.

Ill. Günter Karl Bose (*1951), visual for the exhibition at MKG, 2018, © Günter Karl Bose