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Do You Work or Design?

From 9 June 2018

The 1980s and 1990s were a stellar moment for graphic design. After Franco’s death, with full integration into Europe and the establishment of democracy, designers had the opportunity of participating in a process of creation and transformation of the image of public institutions, private organisations and businesses. It was a time of extraordinary vitality, described as “the boom of design”. Fed to a large extent by institutional support and the media, this boom left us an expression that gained widespread fame: “Do you work or design?”.

Through a selection of six hundred pieces that form part of the museum’s graphic design collection, the exhibition “Do You Work or Design? New Visual Communication. 1980-2003” receives the baton from that golden era. Curated by Raquel Pelta, it is an overview of the history of graphic design in Catalonia and Spain from the 1980s to 2003, when the “Year of Design” was staged and new practices in the discipline appeared.

The show contains material by some of the most outstanding artists of the period such as Enric Satué, America Sanchez, Oscar Mariné, Mariscal, Peret, Pati Núñez, Juan Gatti, José María Cruz Novillo, Yves Zimmermann, Nacho Lavernia Pilar Villuendas, Claret Serrahima, Paco Bascuñán, Isidro Ferrer and Enric Aguilera as well as works by the studios Eumografic, Grafica, BaseBCN, Mucho, Suma and Vasava.

Permanent exhibition. From 9 June 2018


Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38
08018 Barcelona. Spain

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