Pierre Mendell

For over forty years, graphic designer Pierre Mendell (1958-2008) has shaped the everyday culture of visual communication in Germany. Mendell studied graphic design with Armin Hofmann at the Basel School of Design and founded the Mendell & Oberer studio in Munich together with Klaus Oberer in 1961. From 1980 onwards, he was the in-house designer at Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum and from the 1990s at the Bavarian State Opera (Bayerische Staatsoper) in Munich. In these roles he was given utmost creative freedom to experiment with his graphic vernacular and he shaped the Munich cityscape for years with his innovative posters.