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Bavarian State Opera Season 11–12

With over 350 years on its back, the Bavarian State Opera is one of the leading opera houses in the world and since Nikolaus Bachler took over the general management of the opera in 2009, one of our biggest clients. Situated on the Max Joseph Platz, next to high-street shops and a skip away from the Marienplatz, the opera is one of Munich’s main attractions. Its imposing architecture houses the Opera, the Bavarian State Ballet, and the Bavarian State Orchestra. Since 2013 Mr. Kirill Petrenko has held the tune as General Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper, while the Russian Mr. Igor Zelensky joined as Ballet Director for the 2016–2017 season.
Mirko’s personal inspiration in taking on the task of corporate design for such a large cultural institution were the works of Pierre Mendell.
Mendell was my greatest idol in terms of poster design and pure graphics. He was always able to tell entire stories with only a few elements.
The Posters for the Bavarian State Opera have always been collectors items by opera and design devotees alike. Each season a new subject marks the overall theme of our design work. In close collaboration with the opera, content and visuals are shaped by tailor-made contributions from international artists, photographers, and illustrators. With the coming of each new opera season, a poster campaign rolls out, along with the matching program book and a new issue of the opera’s magazine Max Joseph. And when its time for Munich’s opera festival installations crop up throughout the city and even on and around the opera house itself.

Season Guide

Season Guide

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Posters

Opera

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Specs

A0

Year

2011–2012

Contributors

Art Work: Marianna Gartner (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Sebastian Hammwöhner & Gabriel Vormstein (Opernfestspiele)

This is a selection of our best posters of season 2011-2012. Richard Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen was the season’s overall play. For the premiere of Les Contes d’Hoffmann we designed a poster as a mirror, hanging on posh Maximilian street where it’s all about being seeing and being seen.

Orchestra

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Specs

A1

Year

2011–2012

Contributors

Illustration: Chad Wys

Visual artist Mr. Chad Wys uses contemporary digital technology to intervene and travel through art history in order to extract pieces of information and misinformation.

Ballet

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Specs

A0

Year

2011–2012

Contributors

Photography: Christin Losta

We commissioned photographer Mr. Christina Losta to take pictures for the season posters. His focus was on forms and fabrics that we used to play with overlaying typography.

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Program Books

Hoffmann

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Turandot

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Walküre

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Max Joseph Magazine

No. 1

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Specs

210 x 280 mm

Year

2011

Max Joseph is the magazine of the Bavarian State Opera. It aims to analyze new productions in terms of historic and current political or social topics. It’s pages initiate discussion and create connections between the opera repertoire and the visitor’s experience. In close collaboration with the opera we choose photographers, visual artists, illustrators and also contributed our own visuals. Each issue follows a topic that sharpens and highlights the season’s general theme from different perspectives, underlined by its unique design and production.

No. 2

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Specs

210 x 280 mm

Year

2011

Max Joseph is the magazine of the Bavarian State Opera. It aims to analyze new productions in terms of historic and current political or social topics. It’s pages initiate discussion and create connections between the opera repertoire and the visitor’s experience. In close collaboration with the opera we choose photographers, visual artists, illustrators and also contributed our own visuals. Each issue follows a topic that sharpens and highlights the season’s general theme from different perspectives, underlined by its unique design and production.

No. 3

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Specs

210 x 280 mm

Year

2012

Max Joseph is the magazine of the Bavarian State Opera. It aims to analyze new productions in terms of historic and current political or social topics. It’s pages initiate discussion and create connections between the opera repertoire and the visitor’s experience. In close collaboration with the opera we choose photographers, visual artists, illustrators and also contributed our own visuals. Each issue follows a topic that sharpens and highlights the season’s general theme from different perspectives, underlined by its unique design and production.

No. 4

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Specs

210 x 280 mm

Year

2012

Max Joseph is the magazine of the Bavarian State Opera. It aims to analyze new productions in terms of historic and current political or social topics. It’s pages initiate discussion and create connections between the opera repertoire and the visitor’s experience. In close collaboration with the opera we choose photographers, visual artists, illustrators and also contributed our own visuals. Each issue follows a topic that sharpens and highlights the season’s general theme from different perspectives, underlined by its unique design and production.

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Festival

Festival Brochure

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Ring des Nibelungen

Ring des Nibelungen

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Year

2011–2012

Contributors

Dennis Rudolph

The illustrations by Mr. Dennis Rudolph are illuminated at night by placing LED lights on the posters. Projections of fire, smoke and burning elements light up the opera house and turn it into a spectacular drama.

Ringordner

Ringordner

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Specs

Loose Leaf Binder (Collector's Item)

Year

2011–2012

For the performance of Richard Wagner’s famous „Ring des Nibelungen“ we created this collector’s item: a loose leaf folder with all kinds of information around the opera held together by a simple closure in the form of rings.

Videos

Ring 3D Mapping

Spencer Tunick’s Ring, Munich Opera Festival

Season Guide

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