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Do you work or design?

Barcelona’s golden age of design

Opening on 9 June, the exhibition 'Do you work or design?' features some of the objects that made Barcelona the world capital of design in the 1980s and 90s.

There was a time, back in the 1980s and 90s, when everyone in Barcelona seemed to be a designer, and the old pick-up line, “Do you work or study”, gave way at parties and in discos and bars to the hipper, “Do you work or design?”  And, indeed, during those two decades, the city was the cradle of major design studios that have worked in the field of book publishing, corporate communication for major brands and public entities, the fashion industry and the media. This golden age culminated in the 1992 Olympic Games. Of course, design is still important in Barcelona, and the city’s Design Museum aims to pay tribute to its past with a permanent exhibition titled Do you work or design? New Visual Communication 1980-2003, which is set to open on Saturday 9 June.

Through a historical narrative, the exhibition will feature work in all the graphic languages ​​used at the time - from the more primitive efforts of the early eighties to images generated with the new software designed for use with Macintosh computers - and will pay special attention to the work of major designers such as Enric Satué, Mariscal, Oscar Mariné, Pati Núñez, Nacho Lavernia and Pilar Villuendas and studios such as Vasava, Mucho and BaseBCN. The exhibition will be on, for now, at least until December 2022.

Admission will be free during this upcoming weekend. Additional information is available from the following link.

Publication date: Friday, 08 June 2018
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