The "Nouveau Salon des Cent" portfolio consists of a
hundred posters created by one hundred of the best graphic designers
time, from 24 different countries including China, Japan, Mexico,
Brazil, Zimbabwe, the United-States and most of the European countries,
as a tribute to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, for the Centenary of
death, 1901-2001. Initiated by the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum Partners'
Club. In cooperation with the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum of Albi.
printing was limited to only 380. The posters have been exhibited
in major museums and galleries around the world.
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The Designer - Anthon Beeke
Anthon Beeke was born in 1940 in Amsterdam, and has no formal
training. He educated himself and learned graphic design while
an assistant to masters such as Ed Callahan, Jacques Richez and
Jan van Toorn before becoming an independent designer in 1963.
In the years between 1966 and 1986, Beeke worked on several projects
with Swip Stolk. In 1976, after thirteen years of independence,
he became a partner in the famous Total Design agency in Amsterdam.
In 1989 he created his own design company, Studio Anthon Beeke,
working for clients from both cultural and commercial sectors.
His posters for Museum and theatre groups are controversial and
Beeke designs and art directs three forecasting magazines on colour,
design and horticulture together with Lidewij Edelkoort: View on
Colour, iNview and Bloom. Edelkoort once described Beeke as the
man kick boxing society but with slippers on.
Anthon Beeke has conceived exhibitions, created scenography and
designed books, magazines, corporate identities, stamps, catalogues,
TV commercials, packaging, children's games, advertising campaigns
and, of course, posters. Many of these designs have been prizewinning,
one of the most important being the Werkman Prize which he received
in 1986 from the City of Amsterdam for his complete ceuvre. The
most heart-warming, but also the least important, was his fifth
place in the 1999 election for the Dutch designer of the 20th century.
The first four were either deceased (Piet Zwart, Gerrit Rietveld
and Benno Premsela) or enjoying a hard-working retirement (Wim
Crouwel). At least Beeke can boast that he is the only one of the
five that still bicycles to work!
Anthon Beeke is the creator of numerous works. The first appeared
in 1970: The Naked Ladies Alphabet in the Square Sheet series for
De Jong Lithographers in Hilversum. 1997 saw the publication of
Dutch Posters 1960-1996, a selection by Anthon Beeke. An itinerant
exhibition - which is still in existence - was mounted to accompany
A member of AGI, Anthon Beeke gives lectures and workshops worldwide
and has participated in many juries, such as Chaumont, Warsaw and,
most recently, HKDC. He has also been the subject of numerous exhibitions;
in recent years Pennies from Heaven, a general overview (Stedelijk
Museum, Amsterdam); Absolutementement (Orleans, 1998), Street-life
(Toulouse, 1999) As Time Goes By, photographic portraits (Bonnefanten
Museum, Maastricht,1999) and Body and Soul (DDD gallery in Osaka,
Anthon Beeke has taught at many art colleges in the Netherlands
and abroad, including the Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Rhode
Island School of Design. American students loved his irreverence:
'having a style is like being in prison' became their favourite