Austrian Graphic Design Pioneer Julius Klinger Celebrated Stateside
August 27, 2017
By Annie Block
If it weren’t for Julius Klinger, an Austrian painter and commercial illustrator in the early 20th century, graphic design might not have the impact it has today. “An exhibition on him takes us back to the time when creating images for mass circulation was first becoming professionalized,” Jon Mogul says. “Klinger was one of the field’s pioneers, someone to whom graphic designers still look for inspiration.” Mogul is assistant director of research and academic programs at Miami Beach’s Wolfsonian–Florida International University, where “Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age” opens October 6. The exhibition will present Klinger’s work for such clients as the mineral water Bonaqua and the New School in New York alongside contributions from his better-known compatriots Josef Hoffman and Gustav Klimt.