Boris Bućan: A Posterfull Life

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Boris Bućan (b.1947) is a Croatian artist and poster designer whose work has been celebrated by many museums, including MoMA. A current exhibition at MSU Zagreb (through May 29), “Breakfast At The Printers,” and accompanying catalog shows a wide range of Bućan’s remarkable artistry and image-based communications. In the essay “Boris Bućan’s Early Posters,” Rick Poynor writes, “For Bućan, the image comes first and type is always a secondary consideration. There is often a feeling in his work that he would like to dispense with typography entirely.” Indeed that’s what I admire about Bućan’s work. At a time when type is a fetish, here’s a designer who uses visuals to speak as loudly as words. See more of his work here.


Fashion Show, 1977.


S.O.S. For Zagreb Heritage, 1977.


From The Development of Scientific Thought Series, 1972.


From The Development of Scientific Thought Series, 1972.


18th Zagreb Salon: Applied Art and Industrial Design, 1983.


Croatian National Theatre Split: Candide, 1983.


100 Years of the Arts and Crafts School, 1982.


Hollybush Festival, Glassboro: Swan Lake, 1988.

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