This exhibition showcases the playful, imaginative, humorous screen prints of Willem Kolvoort, the well-known maker of posters for the Groningen live music club Vera. In more than three decades of working with Vera, Kolvoort has created more than 500 different posters. His designs are often cheeky, but also endearing, thanks to Kolvoort’s use of animal figures. The show will open shortly before the next edition of the music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag.
While many European pop venues use screen-printed posters to publicise events, Vera’s have been in a class of their own for years. Kolvoort’s are arguably the most characterful among them.
The exhibition comprises 36 screen prints selected by the artist. It will open on 10 January and run through 7 June 2020.
A book will be published to coincide with the exhibition’s opening. Willem Kolvoort – 30 jaar Vera Posters (“Willem Kolvoort: 30 Years of Vera Posters”) provides a full overview of all Kolvoort’s posters for the venue. It also contains essays by the music journalist Peter van der Heide and the writer Bill Mensema.