The exhibitions run from 22 January to 20 March in Galerie Anatome and from 4 February to 14 April in the Institut Néerlandais.
For some years now, Galerie Anatome has been staging a programme of international exhibitions of graphic design-the most important platform for this discipline in Paris. The thonik projects selected by Anatome include some from the cultural sector (Centraal Museum, Marta Herford and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen), but the gallery has made the main focus of the exhibition projects for clients in the public domain: Queen Beatrix’s silver jubilee, the house style, communications programme and signage for Amsterdam Public Library, the design of three election campaigns for SP, the Dutch Socialist Party, and the house style for the City of Amsterdam. Galerie Anatome chose these projects because, in its view, they exemplify a form of graphic design that is almost entirely absent from the French design culture.
Inspired by the exhibition in Galerie Anatome, the Institut Neérlandais invited thonik to mount an exhibition in its premises in Rue de Lille in Paris. This show was to focus on the studio’s conceptual and spatial work.
Following on from the graphic carpets developed for a solo exhibition in Shanghai in 2008, this time the agency has opted for wall covering designed to complement the atmosphere and architecture of the rooms of the nineteenth-century building. thonik has designed a contemporary graphic variant of the period room. Each of the four rooms has been given its own identity with the aid of the graphic styles thonik has developed for various clients.
The Institut Néerlandais, established in 1957, is one of the oldest foreign cultural centres in Paris. It stages exhibitions, concerts, film shows, symposiums, lectures, debates and Dutch courses to promote the spread of Dutch culture in France.