Chermayeff & Geismar

Symbols, logotypes and graphic design from the last five decades

January 24 - March 25, 2007

In 2007, the galleries of Pera Museum hosted the works of outstanding artist  Ivan Chermayeff and his esteemed partner Tom Geismar, who were the distinguished guests of the Museum and of Turkey. Considered as one of the most brilliant graphic designers of the 20th century, Ivan Chermayeff has created a number of truly memorable designs with his partner Tom Geismar and has honored our country several times with his presence. Through his unique and exceptional work on the emblem, logo and corporate identity designs of Koç Holding and various other Koç companies, he has made it possible for the names of these institutions, and by extension that of Turkey, to be acknowledged by the world of design.

In 2006, Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar created the emblem, logo and corporate identity designs of the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, as well as the Pera Museum. The two designers' artistic creation of over fifty years was displayed at the Pera Museum.

Since its founding in 1957, Chermayeff & Geismar has pioneered a transformation in the practice of graphic design. Located in New York but working for clients in many countries, especially Turkey, they have pursued a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach across a broad range of projects and disciplines, from the development of scores of famous trademarks to the design of notable museum exhibitions, from hundreds of imaginative posters for cultural events to large-scale artworks for distinguished architectural projects.

Throughout all these tasks, Chermayeff & Geismar's work has remained consistent, not in style, but in its approach to design. Accepting the Modernist ideal that design is a problem-solving discipline, they have sought to humanize that ideal through humor, artistic invention and an entrepreneurial spirit.

"As duos go, in the design world at least, Chermayeff and Geismar are as familiar as Lennon and McCartney, with almost as many greatest hits to their names, including some appearing in this catalogue. After starting their partnership in 1960, they established themselves as undisputed masters of late-twentieth-century American modernism."

Steven Heller,
Art Director
The New York Times Book Review

Exhibition Catalogue

Chermayeff & Geismar

Chermayeff & Geismar

Considered as one of the most brilliant graphic designers of the 20thcentury, Ivan Chermayeff has created a number of truly memorable designs with his partner Tom Geismar. Through his...

“My body is my sculpture” <br> Louise Bourgeois

“My body is my sculpture”
Louise Bourgeois

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks. 

Fluid Identities  Creating an Identity / Hybrid Identities

Fluid Identities Creating an Identity / Hybrid Identities

A firm believer in the idea that a collection needs to be upheld at least by four generations and comparing this continuity to a relay race, Nahit Kabakcı began creating the Huma Kabakcı Collection from the 1980s onwards. Today, the collection can be considered one of the most important and outstanding examples among the rare, consciously created, and long-lasting ones of its kind in Turkey.

Giacometti in Paris

Giacometti in Paris

The second part of exhibition illustrates Alberto Giacometti’s relations with Post-Cubist artists and the Surrealist movement between 1922 and 1935, one of the important sculptures series he created during his first years in Paris, and the critical role he played in the art scene of the period.