Illustrative Berlin festival returns

At the end of the month the Illustrative Berlin festival of graphic art and illustration will open its doors, showcasing work form more than 200 artists from around the world.

Illustrative Berlin logo
Illustrative Berlin logo

Illustrative was founded by show curators Pascal Johanssen and Katja Kleiss in 2006. This year’s event’s Main Exhibition space will house pieces from 30 international illustrators selected through the event’s Young Illustrator’s award alongside more established artists.

Ella Cohen, Welcome to the Dollhouse
Ella Cohen, Welcome to the Dollhouse

Media ranges from paintings, drawings and sculptures to installations, animations, editioned works and three-dimensional works.

Giordano Poloni, Unknown Building
Giordano Poloni, Unknown Building

Alongside the main exhibition, this year’s festival will see a focus on  the role of graphic design and illustration in crafts, as well as a new Polish Illustration section entitled Where I Come From.

Seb Jarnot, Coll-egarement
Seb Jarnot, Coll-egarement

The show’s title draws on the idea of how artists from around the world view their own identity and the place in the art world, according to organisers.

Sigrid Calon, Vrij
Sigrid Calon, Vrij

‘It’s fascinating to observe new talents emerge every year and how consistent and distinctive their styles are’, they add.

‘Polish illustration is exploding back into life and we’d like to share this new world of with you, through a substantial selection of the most interesting and sought after contemporary artists.’

Thomas Kuhlenbeck, Markt
Thomas Kuhlenbeck, Markt

The  branding for the Polish Illustration Focus was created by graphic designer Jakub Jezierski, with Polish consultancy Centrala working on exhibition design.

Agata Nowicka, Wislawa Szymborska
Agata Nowicka, Wislawa Szymborska

Through the festival, running alongside the exhibitions will be a busy programme of workshops, films and live-painting.

Mymo, Shamanic Galaxy Warriors
Mymo, Shamanic Galaxy Warriors

Illustrative Berlin runs from 31 August – 8 September at Direktorenhaus Am Krögel 2 10179 Berlin

Gabriele Brombi, Aurora
Gabriele Brombi, Aurora

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