Pierre Mendell (1929-2008)

Pierre Mendell, a remarkable poster artist and graphic designer, died on December 19, 2008 in Munich. He was 79. He presided over the visual identity of Die Neue Sammlung–The International Design Museum Munich for almost 30 years, creating his last poster–for an event the museum will host this February–mere days before his death.
    Here is a selection of his Bayerische Staatsoper Opera posters for Rape of Lucretia (above), Was ihr wollt (below top), Don Carlo (below middle), and Rigoletto (below bottom). And here is a link to his studio. Do you have a memory of Pierre Mendell and his work? Please share it in comments.

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.