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Museum of Printing History opens The Graphic Arts of Hans Erni

The Museum of Printing History, in Houston, presents The Graphic Arts of Hans Erni, an exhibition on view February 23, 2012 – June 9, 2012.

Presented in partnership with Nespresso and the Consulate of Switzerland in Houston, The Graphic Arts of Hans Erni consists of 40 large scale posters dating from WWII to the present, representing the first major retrospective of Erni’s work to be presented in the United States.

Supremely facile as a painter and draughtsman, Erni has designed more than 150 posters, mainly as painted illustrations. His themes are wide-ranging, from the arts and music, to social and environmental themes, to technology and science, sports and nature. His media extend from sculpture and painting, to prints and book illustration, stage design and tapestry. Erni is known in particular for illustrating postage stamps, lithographs for the Swiss Red Cross, and participation on the Olympic Committee. Erni is perhaps best known for his posters, murals, and sculptures, displayed practically everywhere in Switzerland.

Hans Erni (born February 21, 1909) is one of the best known Swiss artists. Born in Lucerne, he was trained as a surveying technician and draughtsman. Erni studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Lucerne, 1927-28, then in Paris and Berlin. Erni was the co-founder of the Swiss Group of Abstract Art “Allianz” in 1937. Still working in his studio every day, Hans Erni will celebrate his 103rd birthday in February 2012.

The Museum of Printing History 1324 W. Clay Street, Houston, Texas 77019

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