The Art of Utopia

Preview — Dec 01, 2017

We are all ultimately in the hands of beautiful, universal moments of chance. 

Pentagram partner Harry Pearce has designed a poster titled ‘Chances are...’ for a major exhibition and collaboration between the Goethe-Institut Israel and the David Ben Ari Museum in Bat Yam, Israel.

Bringing together works from a global cohort of renowned graphic artists, ‘The Art of Utopia’ explores the relevance of Utopian ideals in contemporary society and contemplates their potential to spark hope amid the upheaval of 2017.

“Systems of control are ever more present in our lives” said Pearce. “My utopian hope would be that accidental and chance occurrences hold equal, if not more sway.”

Pearce, working with Pentagram associate partner Johannes Grimmond, created ‘Chances are...’ by dropping the six letterforms that comprise the word ‘Utopia’ from a height of one metre, 55 times. The making of poster is documented in a corresponding film by Richard Foster

"Richard and I have been collaborating for more than 25 years," said Pearce, “he has capture the spirit and process of this poster making perfectly.”

Opening 30th November, the exhibition will be on display at the David Ben Ari Museum for Contemporary Art throughout the autumn of 2017. 

The works will first be displayed in autumn 2017 in the David Ben Ari Museum for Contemporary Art in Bat Yam, Israel. Thereafter the exhibition will travel and be presented in different context, both in museums around the world as well as by NGOs in Israel and elsewhere.      

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