The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) recently added 38 pieces of artwork by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay faculty member Mirko Ilić to their permanent collection. The work is from the period of 1977 to 1985 and includes posters and album art.
“Lots of museums from the Western part of the world are discovering the importance of East European art and design created in the time of Communism, as evidenced by MoMA’s current show ‘Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980,’” said Ilić , who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslavia, and moved to the United States in 1986.
In 2012, a book about Mirko Ilić entitled Mirko Ilić: Fist to Face, by Dejan Krsic, was published by Print Publishing. He has also received awards from various organizations including the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Publication Designers, the Art Directors Club and the Society of Newspaper Design, among others. In addition to teaching at SVA, he is also one of the organizers of SVA’s Underground Images, a traveling exhibition of more than 50 SVA subway posters, and his current SVA poster design graces New York City Subway stations.
Four pieces by Ilić are part of MoMA’s current show “Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye,” on view in the Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries through January 17, 2016. “Making Music Modern” explores the relationship between music and design and includes work by BFA Design faculty member Paula Scher and SVA Acting Chairman and MFA Design faculty member Milton Glaser.
“Not only that my work is on the same wall with Sex Pistols, Ramones, Talking Heads, Kraftwerk, but also on the same wall is Milton Glaser’s Bob Dylan and many others. It’s an honor to hang with them,” said Ilić.