Anton Stankowski · Exhibition · Information · Catalogue · Press · Contact · German Version · Credits

Works on Paper | Design Theory | Pre-war Graphics | Early Panel Paintings | Posters | Photography | The Obliques | Functional Graphics | Logos + Graphic Designs | Sculptures | Paintings | Sketchbooks | Poster Gallery


Anton Stankowski

Sulzer, Cover of brochure

Pre-war Commercial Graphics

Stankowski was concerned with arranging contents, with their informational balance, and with the balance between tension and harmony in the overall concept. These fundamentals can be seen from beginning to end in his graphic works. During his student days at the Folkwangschule, he created his first groups of commercial graphics. After two years free-lancing for Canis’s »werbe-bau« agency in Bochum, Max Dalang invited Stankowski in 1929 to work in Zurich, which later became the center of “New Design“ and “Concrete Art.” Here, Stankowski was free to live out his ideas. He brought photography into his graphic design, gave it a new kind of typography, and added a dynamic element by placing writing at a diagonal or using geometric shapes, frequently just in sections. Information was always the goal. Stankowski also declared “sacred” the clear Akzidenz-Grotesk typeface that he employed thereafter. No additions, no background should distract from the object. As a consequence, his own photographs, which he used, were also clear and “objective.” Before the war, his “spiritual/intellectual laboratory” focused on drawing and painting, which did not have as much importance for him as graphic design did, although later this relationship was reversed. Yet even in those days, it was clear that his interest in surfaces and space accompanied him in all creative fields and that both elements influenced each other.

Pre-war Commercial Graphics
Curator: Jörg Stürzebecher

Anton Stankowski
Zürcher Brechkoks
Folding brochure, 33 x 48 cm



Anton Stankowski
Special section of the
Basel National-Zeitung

Anton Stankowski
Magazine cover, “Cooking in March”
First issue
(December 1933)

Anton Stankowski
Folding brochure
“Fortschritt“ chair.