Josef Müller-Brockmann Bequest
Swiss artist Josef Müller-Brockmann (1914–1996) was one of the most influential graphic artists of the 20th century. He achieved a world-wide reputation with his geometric compositions and technical experiments with photography, but also through his consistent use of the typographic grid. He was co-founder of the periodical “Neue Grafik”, which rapidly became the principal medium of constructive graphics. His pioneering designs for the Tonhalle Zürich and the signage for the SBB are today regarded as icons of Swiss graphic design. The Circle of Friends has promised the financial means needed to process his entire bequest. Final report (in German)

Designers’ Biographies
Short biographies or brief company portraits of selected Swiss designers, graphic designers, producers, agencies and manufacturers have been produced.  Representative examples of their creative work are included in the collections of the Museum für Gestaltung. The Circle of Friends has comprehensively financed this project. The texts were written by design journalist Andrea Eschbach.  (in German)

-Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto, pendant light „HOPE“, 2009, IT (Cesign Collection). Exhibited in „Make up – Designing Surfaces“, 25.8.2010 – 2.1.2011
-Flora Steiger, Gartenstuhl, 1933, CH (Design Collection). Exhibited in „New in the Collection. Advertising Furniture – The Archives of Embru-Werke“, 9.3. – 3.4.2011
-René Burri, Vintageprints Le Corbusier, from 1955, CH. Part-finance (Graphics Collection). Exhibited in „René Burri – Vintage Prints – Le Corbusier“, 20.8. – 7.11.2010
-Anonym, 1917 / Oktober / 1920, 1920, SU (Poster Collection)
-Vladimir und Georgij Stenberg, Zlatye Gory, 1931, SU (Poster Collection)

- Puppets and rod puppet von Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Otto Morach, Alexandra Exter, Fred Schneckenburger, stage settings and props (Applied Art Collection). Exhibited in „Turn the puppets loose“, 5.5. – 10. 9.2017
-Maria Sibylla Merian, Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, Amsterdam, 1705, NL (Graphics Collection)
-Emile Gallé, tea table, around 1900, FR (Applied Art Collection). Exhibited in "Say it with Flowers", 21.11. – 29.3.2015
-Henry van de Velde, bodice for a dress, 1896-98, DE (Applied Art Collection)
-Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ambassadeurs - Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret, 1892, FR (Poster Collection)

-Textile industry Krefeld, upholstery fabric, 1904 – 05, DE. Out of the passe-partout project «Stoffmuster von den Kopten über Henry van de Velde bis zum Bauhaus» (Applied Art Collection)

All objects can be discovered on (in German)