The first edition of the Milano Graphic Festival

The first edition of the festival dedicated to graphic design, illustration and visual cultures and dedicated urban renewal will be held from 25 to 27 March, a few days before the miart fair. The three-day events, which will involve various institutions in the city, will have BASE Milano and the Certosa district as the main hubs

CamuffoLab and SIGNS, When the city changes, you look at its colors, Certosa District, Milan © Silvia Galliani
CamuffoLab and SIGNS, When the city changes, you look at its colors, Certosa District, Milan © Silvia Galliani

The first edition of Milan Graphic Festival, a widespread exhibition dedicated to graphic design, illustration and visual cultures. Due to the current pandemic situation, the festival is promoted by the permanent observatory for visual design involving over 100 Italian designers and graphic studios SIGN and the communications agency h + with care for Francesco Dondina will be kept from 25 to 27 Marchincluding exhibitions, workshops, lectures, lectures, study visits and installations that will involve different places in the city and especially the two main points of the event, namely BASE Milano and Certosa Graphic Village, the latter space dedicated to creativity within Certosa district, a district in the north-west of Milan, the protagonist of a lively rebirth thanks to the commitment of industries and creative enterprises. Right here, in Via Varesina 162, the mural over 57 meters was recently inaugurated As the city changes, you look at its colorsbased on a design from the graphic studio CamuffoLabwork that paved the way for the upcoming festival.


ADI Design Museum Compasso d’Oro, Triennale Milano, Castello Sforzesco, Humanitarian Society, MUBA – Milan Children’s Museum, Casa degli Artisti are some of the institutions involved in the first edition of the Milan Graphic Festival, as well as schools and universities, associations, art galleries, private studios, bookstores and publishers, who for the occasion will organize ad hoc projects or open their doors to the public for the first time. “Graphics are everywhere we turn: in the streets and in public spaces, in homes, offices, on store shelves, in the objects we use every day and in the various forms of communication”explains curator Dondina. “Graphics has contributed to and continues to build a country’s identity and culture”.


In BASE Milan’s space, SIGNS will inaugurate the exhibition’s second chapter – already held in 2016 at the former Ansaldo – SIGN II. Modern Italian graphics: on this occasion, works by authoritative names and promising young people from 25 Italian graphic studios will be presented, and thus offered “An insight into the state of graphics and design of Italian communication, to show how it enjoys excellent health in the wake of its great historical tradition, but always able to renew itself and deal with the international scene.”. Salvatore Gregorietti, Andrea Rauch, Paolo Tassinari, Paola Lenarduzzi, Silvana Amato, The tiger And Franco Achilli are some of the authors’ main characters in the exhibition. Certosa Graphic Village, on the other hand, will be used as a temporary performance space of 3,000 square meters: the exhibition will be presented here YZ generationwhere designers under the age of 30 will be able to work on a special project with urban graphics, as well as to be held the first collection of the Italian visual design schools’ first collection of Franco Achilli and some exhibitions on visual design masters, such as . as that of Marta Sironi about the American graphic artist John Alcorn, and that of Anna Steiner, Franco and Matteo Origoni dedicated to the Italian designer Albe Steiner.

– Desirée Maida

Milan // from 25 to 27 March 2022
Milan Graphic Festival
Different places

Art events underway in Milan

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