Character Roots

Rediscovering the Czech Sensitivity for Typography in Poster Design


Kunsthalle, Löwenplatz 11


29.9.18 / 12am


Introduction with the curators Ondřej Báchor, Kaj Lehmann and Xavier Erni. Talk at the symposium by Daniela and Linda Dostálková.

In the continuity of the exhibition Greetings from Prague at Print Program, Geneva, dedicated to the graphic design scene from the Czech capital, Character Roots highlights the strong interest for typography in contemporary Czech design. In the exhibition, current works are compared to designs of previous generations.

When Jan Tschichold visited Czechoslovakia between 1931 and 1933, he stated that he had experienced a very strong feeling for typography. The exhibition Character Roots takes a fresh look at today’s Czech designers and showcases a selection of their latest posters. By comparing contemporary posters with editorial design from previous generations, the curators invite visitors to search for and find links between the past and the present. The exhibition is complemented by a video work by Daniela and Linda Dostálková.

The exhibition is accompanied by the latest issue of Poster Tribune, dedicated to the Prague graphic design scene.


Ondřej Báchor (Lausanne/Prag) & Kaj Lehmann (Lucerne) in collaboration with Xavier Erni and Thuy-An Hoang (Geneva)


Luisa Kahlfeldt (Berlin/Lausanne)

Works by

20yydesigners, adela&pauline, Ondřej Báchor, Zuzana Burgrová, Anežka Ciglerová, Martin Groch, Heavyweight, Tereza Hejmová, Jan Horčík, Cindy Kutíková, Laborator, Štěpán Marko, Jiří Mocek, Marek Nedelka, Jan Novák, Parallel Practice, Radim Peško, Martin Vácha, Daniel Vojtíšek, Nikola Wilde