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Illustrative Berlin

August 31st - September 8th 2013 Direktorenhaus (Berlin-Mitte)

Illustrative, the international art show, is unique and one of a kind for exhibiting contemporary illustration art. Leading illustrators from all around the world will be taking part once again to complete our Festival in Berlin. From August 31st to September 8th 2013, the Festival presents over 200 Illustrators at Direktorenhaus (Berlin-Mitte), located in the heart of the creative capital.

For the 2013 edition, the curators Pascal Johanssen and Katja Kleiss collected a high quality selection of illustration art - showcasing "illustration stars" as well as young, upcoming artists and unique design collectives. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, animations and editioned works. The festival celebrates contemporary illustration and graphic art with its Main Exhibition, the Nominees of the Young Illustrators Award, the Polish Illustration Focus and several shows from universities and agencies.

About this years Show

The anchor of this years Illustrative is its "Main exhibition" with the highest quality of artworks of 30 illustrators from all corners of the world and the 30 international illustrators who have been selected through the "Young Illustrators Award". Visitors will discover a variety of unique work including new visual languages, cutting-edge Illustration and three dimensional works.

Focus 2013: Crafts -- Illustration

Illustration plays a central role in contemporary craft and design. Crafts, graphics and illustration are rapidly merging into a synthesis of experimental contemporary design, bringing influences from typography, image making and product design together. Illustrative is showcasing 15 compositions which stand for this new vocabulary of craft-oriented visual art.

Guestland Poland

The exhibition "Where I come from" shows the latest illustration art from Poland, Guestland of this year’s Illustrative. Polish visual art, with its renowned Polish Poster School and a rich illustration tradition has proved influential for many artists around the world such as Henryk Tomaszewski or Waldemar Świerzy. The Polish Illustration Focus exhibition's title "Where I come from," refers to those visual influences and their traces in contemporary graphic art. It also refers to the artist's stance, examining how they view themselves and their place in the art world, what they intend to say and how they cope with the realities of the modern art market versus their need for artistic freedom.

About Illustrative

Illustrative stages the world's premier contemporary illustration art shows, held every two years in Berlin. Founded by gallerists Pascal Johanssen and Katja Kleiss in 2006, Illustrative has been a driving force in supporting the role that illustrators play in the of visual arts today.
In addition to showing exciting works by world-renowned illustrators, Illustrative is always innovating, thus expanding its curated exhibitions for new graphic and illustration artists who represent the avant-garde of the visual arts. Its worldwide reputation for showing work of the highest merit has made Illustrative the place where the illustration and art world meet.

Who we are

Behind Illustrative stands a non profit organization, Illustrative e.V. in Berlin, lead by a team of individuals with a range and depth of experience in the art world and related disciplines. Founders Pascal Johanssen and Katja Kleiss are running Berlin's permanent Design Hub "Direktorenhaus", a platform for designers, artists and collectors.


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