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Bavarian State Opera Season 14–15

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 14–15

Season Guide 14–15

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2014

Contributors

Ulrike Theusner

Season 2014/2015 is titled Blicke Küsse Bisse (roughly, Visions, Kisses and Bites). Inspired by Heinrich von Kleist, these three words neatly encapsulate the emotional world of opera. All main characters in the premiere were women. A painting by Ms. Ulrike Theusner was printed on bible paper and folded to cover the guide. The inside pages are printed in light neon pink, female artists point out the program.

Posters

Opera

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Specs

A0

Year

2014

Contributors

Bayerische Staatsoper

German artist Ms. Ulrike Theusner produced paintings exclusively for the premiere posters of the season themed Blicke Küsse Bisse (roughly Visions, Kisses and Bites). Inspired by Heinrich von Kleist, these three words neatly encapsulate the emotional world of opera. All of the premiere’s main characters were women.

Ballet

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Specs

A0

Year

2014

Contributors

Hisashi Okawa

We commissioned Japanese illustrator Mr. Hisashi Okawa to draw Munich Ensemble Ballett dancers striking a pose in front of typical Munich sights. Okawa-sama’s plain felt pen style gave the posters a wide-eyed look.

Orchestra

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Specs

A1

Year

2014

Contributors

Ulrike Theusner

German artist Ms. Ulrike Theusner produced these paintings exclusively for the orchestra’S season posters on the theme of „Blicke Küsse Bisse“ (roughly Visions, Kisses and Bites). Inspired by Heinrich von Kleist, these three words neatly encapsulate the emotional world of opera.

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Season Flags

Season Flags

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Program Books

Arabella

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2014

The whole setting of this opera takes places on a looped staircase—our book’s chapters are cut in different angles to match the oddness of the stairs. The self-made cover collage made out of images of different staircases underlines the illusion and confusion on stage.

Le Comte Ory

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2014

This design is an homage to The Big Lewbowski’s Bowling Intro… hologram foil makes the book shine like a bowling ball. All collages inside were made by the Bureau.

Lulu

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2014

The story of Lulu, a woman who spirals out of control and finds herself working as a prostitute, is visually expressed through a series of nude printed on foil. These slowly vanish and expose the title set in a typeface that was originally used by the first publisher. Graphic elements inside the layout refer to the chalk drawings on stage.

Makropulos

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2014

The cover gives the impression of a jewel box. For all headlines, we used an Art Nouveau font referring to the time the plot takes place. Dark and grimy letters tell the story of the death-fearing main character Elina.

Manon Lescait

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Specs

165 × 220 mm

Year

2014

The cover shows two lovers kissing—you can fold them either way and their lips will touch.

Pelleas

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Year

2014

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Max Joseph Magazine

No. 1

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No. 1 Blicke
210 x 280 mm

Year

2014

Contributors

Lina Scheynius, Robert Fischer, Leon Sadler, Heji Shin, Gian Gisiger, Sany, Jani Leinonen, Kohei Yoshiyuki

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

No. 2 Kuesse
210 x 280 mm

Year

2014

Contributors

James Friedman, Clemens Fantur, Konrad Pustola, Saiman Chow, Gian Gisiger, Sany, Jani Leinonen, Peter Ravn, Dennis Busch, Sølve Sundsbø, Eric Yahnker, Alex Simpson, Tony Stella, Julien Ceccaldi, Harriet Lee-Merrion, Tobatron, Jared Gradinger

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

No. 3 Bisse
210 x 280 mm

Year

2015

Contributors

Fritz Beck, Louis Granet, Simon Landrein, Sany, Schmott, Hendrik Schneider, Leta Sobierajski, Wade Jeffree, Katarina Šoškić

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

No. 4 Festspielausgabe
210 x 280 mm

Year

2015

Contributors

Manuel Birnbacher, Louis Granet, Christina Gransow, Kiersten Essenpreis, It’s Raining Elephants, Philippe Jarrigeon, Harriet Lee-Merrion, Jonas Lindstoem, Andy Massaccessi, Sany, Julien Savioz, Eric Yahnker

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 Installation

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Year

2015

The columns are covered in collages made of drawings by German artist Ms. Ulrike Theusner.
For all festival flags throughout the city we designed forms and patterns referring to architectural elements of the opera house. The design of the Festspielwerkstatt, a young and experimental workshop during the festival, combines images by Ms. Theusner with different eccentric fonts.

Brochure

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