The Graphics Collection, in existence since the founding of the museum, is unique in Switzerland in terms of its diversity and its current focus on European graphic design. It documents aesthetic, technical, and cultural changes in our daily lives, from Gutenberg to the present day. Originally compiled as a collection of international works relevant for art and craft instruction at the former school of arts and crafts, the Graphics Collection encompasses all significant graphic disciplines. Once comprised of drawings, print graphics, as well as illustrated books and textbooks from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, over time the collection has come to include private press work, East Asian works, as well as artists’ books, photography, and graphic design. Today the collecting activity concentrates on Switzerland and Europe, with a particular focus on advertising and information graphics, lettering, typography, and book design. The collection is being enlarged by the acquisition of current works by innovative graphic designers and commercial artists, works from the estates of important designers, as well as examples of corporate design from important firms.

The Graphics Collection is maintained by:
Barbara Junod, Collection Curator
Vanessa Gendre, Documentalist