Tolerance Posters


April 27 to May 23, 2018
Albrechtgasse, 8010 Graz

How tolerant does design need to be? And what can design contribute to tolerance? The “Tolerance Posters” are original contributions by international designers and do provide extraordinary answers to these questions. The touring exhibition has already been hosted in the USA, as well as in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Spain and the Netherlands. It was always displayed in public spaces, hence, locations where tolerance is experienced, discussed and questioned. At each station, the number of exhibits is expanded by a local piece: Herms Fritz, artist and graphic designer from Graz, expands the international show for Austria.

“Tolerance” is essential for human’s to embrace. It is the only antidote for the competitive drive that characterizes our species. At this moment in history, there’s a slightly reluctant quality to the word. What we really want it to mean is acceptance and generosity.”
Milton Glaser

In Designmonat Graz the posters of the following designers will be showcased:

Milton Glaser (USA)
David Tartakover (Israel)
Yuko Shimizu (Japan)
Paula Scher (USA)
Manuel Estrada (Spain)
Istvan Orosz (Hungary)
Peter Bankov (Russia)
Jianping He (China)
Fons Hickmann (Germany)
Michel Bouvet (France)
Alejandro Magallanes (Mexico)
Tarek Atrissi (Lebanon)
Anette Lenz (France)
Saki Mafundikwa (Simbabwe)
Reza Abedini (Iran)
Sarp Sozdinler (Turkey)
Niklaus Troxler (Switzerland)
Katarzyna Zapart (Poland)
Anur Hadžiomerspahić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hoon-Dong Chung (South Korea)
Seymour Chwast (USA)
Rodrigoz Sanchez (Spain)
Dan Reisinger (Israel)
Drew Hodges (USA)
Ovidiu Hrin (Romania)
Marian Bantjes (Canada)
Uwe Loesch (Germany)
Garth Walker (South Africa)
Jessica Hische (USA)
Tom Geismar (USA)
Kit Hinrichs (USA)
Fares Cachoux (Syria)
Alain Le Quernec (France)
Armando Milani (Italy)
Edel Rodriguez (Cuba/USA)
Nancy Stahl (USA)
Shino Suetusa (Japan)
Herms Fritz (Austria)

The exhibition is curated by Mirko Ilić.
In 1977, Ilić started publishing his works in the established comics magazines outside Yugoslavia, such as Alter Alter, Métal Hurlant, Heavy Metal and Marvel’s Epic Illustrated. In 1980, Novi kvadrat ceased to exist and Ilić entirely stopped working on the comics, and focused upon illustration and graphic design. In 1982, he started working for the Italian magazine Panorama.

He stopped working for the magazines in 1985, and in March 1986 he left Yugoslavia and went to New York. Yet, he soon started publishing his illustrations in Time, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other prominent and influential newspapers and magazines. In 1991, he became an art director of Time International, and the in following year he became art director of the op-eds in the New York Times.

In 1995 he founded Mirko Ilić Corp., a graphic design and 3-D computer graphics and motion picture title studio. In 1998, he created the title sequence for the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail together with Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard.

In 1999, Mirko Ilić Corp. began designing visual identities for luxury hotels and restaurants. Some of his hotel clients include The Time Hotel in New York City, The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX, Casa Moderna Hotel in Miami, FL, and Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland. Some restaurant clients include Le Cirque and La Fonda Del Sol in New York City, Summit and “Play” at the The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Charlie Palmer in Dallas, TX, and “The Seafood Bar”, “Echo”, “Flagler Stakehouse”, and “HMF” at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach Florida.

In 2015, 38 pieces of his artwork were included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). MoMA acquired artwork including posters, LP designs from his Yugoslavian period. In September 2015, four of his pieces were exhibited for the first time in MoMA’s exhibition Making Music Modern.

Since 1999, Ilić has been a professor at the School of Visual Arts for their MFA in Illustration programme.