This exciting poster was designed by Swiss artist Jean Tinguely for the Third Annual Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival in Detroit in 1982. Primarily a sculptor, Tinguely was interested in making art that possessed kinetic energy, and such energy is evident in this poster. His abstract drawing is an explosion of lines and color, and even the words he includes that advertise the festival display a chaotic, unbridled energy. This explosion of energy certainly reflects the kind of energy generated by jazz, and in this respect this poster is the perfect design to promote a jazz festival.
As a sculptor, Jean Tinguely (1925-1991) was interested in machines --- how they worked, how they moved and the noises they made. Many of his sculptures were unique machines that moved and made noises.
Until 2000, the jazz festival in Detroit participated in a partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, which explains why a Swiss artist designed the 1983 poster. Today, the festival is known as the Detroit Jazz Festival.
This is a great poster for a jazz lover and anyone who loves art with energy that leaps off the page!