Mathias Augustyniak, Japan

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Mathias Augustyniak studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and later graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1991. He founded M/M (Paris) with Michaël Amzalag in 1992. M/M have developed collaborations across cultural fields, including music, fashion, art, publishing, film and theatre. They understand their work to be in the production of a series of signs that they are constantly reordering to build their own language. As acclaimed typographers, graphic designers and art directors, M/M often repurpose their own archives, utilising photography, drawing and typography as part of an elaborate visual language that is distinctive and experimental. They have designed magazines (Interview Magazine, Vogue Paris, Purple), while working diversely with fashion houses (Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander McQueen, Loewe), contemporary artists (Pierre Huyghe, Sarah Morris, Philippe Parreno), musicians (Björk, Madonna, Kanye West) and cultural institutions. Recently, they have created scenography, set design and 3D translations of their graphic vocabulary.

Design work by Mathias Augustyniak


    Mathias Augustyniak, Japan (2019)

    Mathias Augustyniak studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and later graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1991. He founded M/...

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    Mathias Augustyniak, Japan (2019)

      Mathias Augustyniak studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and later graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1991. He founded M/M (Paris) with Michaël Amzalag in 1992. M/M have developed collaborations across cultural fields, including music, fashion, art, publishing, film and theatre. They understand their work to be in the production of a series of signs that they are constantly reordering to build their own language. As acclaimed typographers, graphic designers and art directors, M/M often repurpose their own archives, utilising photography, drawing and typography as part of an elaborate visual language that is distinctive and experimental. They have designed magazines (Interview Magazine, Vogue Paris, Purple), while working diversely with fashion houses (Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander McQueen, Loewe), contemporary artists (Pierre Huyghe, Sarah Morris, Philippe Parreno), musicians (Björk, Madonna, Kanye West) and cultural institutions. Recently, they have created scenography, set design and 3D translations of their graphic vocabulary.

      Publications

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      The Alphadicks

      (2010)

      • Glenn O'Brien

      M/M (Paris)

      Twenty-six loaded cowboys. Drawings by Mathias Augustyniak. Rhyme by Glenn O'Brien. 'Every man has two heads. That's better than one.'

      Slátur/Slaughter

      (2012)

      • Oddný Eir,
      • Ófeigur Sigurdsson

      M/M (Paris)

      Photographs by Mathias Augustyniak. 'Perhaps because the relationship between philosophy and sheep is especially close in Iceland, questions about the core of things, space and time, negative space and positive time are naturally discussed while handling lambs' hearts.'

      The Givenchy Files 2007-2012

      (2012)

      • Olivier Zahm

      M/M (Paris)

      Invitations and graphic works inspired by the collections of Riccardo Tisci. Art by M/M (Paris). 'These elegant invitations, dark, tortured, mysterious, erotic, surrealistic, are a sort of thumbing of the nose at current fashion images.'

      The Art World

      (2012)

      • Éric Troncy

      M/M (Paris)

      Photography from the FIAC posters and advertising, 2005 – 2012. Photography by M/M (Paris). 'A sort of geographical manual defining the movements of art works, bringing them to a specific territory, to its peripheries.'

      Sans vous faire rien voir, je vous en fais un conte...

      (2016)

      • Éric Vigner,
      • Bénédicte Vigner,
      • Éric Demey,
      • Jean-Louis Perrier

      M/M (Paris)

      Les affiches du Théâtre de Lorient, 1996 – 2015. «Quand je veux, j'épouvante; et quand je veux, je charme.»

      Exhibitions

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      Centre Pompidou-Musée national d’art moderne, Paris

      Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen

      Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami

      Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt

      Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

      State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

      Tate Modern, London

      Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

      Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York

      Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

      Design Museum, London

      Education

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      Visiting Professor

      • Undergraduate

      2014 – 2014

      • École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (France)

      Visiting Professor

      • Undergraduate

      1996 – 2001

      • École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (Switzerland)

      Agencies

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      Awards

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      • 2020

      Tokyo TDC Grand Prix
      • 2018

      Tokyo TDC Prize
      • 2017

      Gold Award, Hong Kong International Poster Triennial
      • 2017

      Traetta Prize
      • 2017

      Tokyo TDC Prize
      • 2013

      Grammy Award for Best Recording Package
      • 2012

      Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, French Ministry of Culture
      • 2012

      Tokyo TDC Prize
      • 2007

      Tokyo TDC Special Prize
      • 2004

      Tokyo TDC Grand Prix
      • 2003

      Tokyo TDC Non Members Prize