Munich ’72 exhibition and symposium

As the Olympic flame passes through Kent later this month, UCA Canterbury is staging an exhibition and symposium dedicated to the design heritage and legacy of the Munich Games held in 1972

Sports posters have a consistent ‘left-to-right’ appearance, suggesting motion. This is enhanced by their bleeding off the trimmed size (text:

As the Olympic flame passes through Kent later this month, UCA Canterbury is staging an exhibition and symposium dedicated to the design heritage and legacy of the Munich Games held in 1972…

A secondary identity was proposed for the cultural activities associated with the Games. Horizontal coloured panels were combined with pictorial elements (text:

The show will draw upon Professor Ian McLaren’s collection of Munich ’72 material – ranging from posters, event programs, souvenirs, mascots and graphic symbols – obtained as a result of his role as a senior member of Otl Aicher’s Olympics design team.

The Munich ’72 Design Legacy Symposium will take place on Friday June 29 at the university’s Cragg Lecture Theatre, with the exhitibion continuing at UCA’s Herbert Read Gallery until July 31.

A wealth of publications were produced in a variety of formats. The majority were in German, French, and English (text:

The exhibition will also look at the “subsequent commercialisation of aspects of the work produced for Munich ’72”, say UCA. This will include the range of nearly 1,000 pictographic symbols which were produced for and marketed by German lighting company, ERCO; and also projects with architect Lord Foster.

The symposium will feature contributions from figures who worked with Aicher, alongside contemporary designers (such as Mason Wells of Bibliothèque, Lucienne Roberts of GraphicDesign&, and Tony Brook of Spin) who have a particular interest in the work produced for the ’72 Games.

A series of photographic posters were produced to project images of Bavaria, and wider German culture. On left, the St Kolman church in its typically Bavarian landscape (text:

‘This Week’ and ‘Next Week’ schedule posters

The symposium takes place in the Cragg Lecture Theatre, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury Campus, New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3AN (9.30am – 5.15pm). There are 120 seats available. To book a ticket, contact Elizabeth Baxter (Research + Enterprise, UCA) on

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