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Armin Hofmann

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Swiss sculptor, stage and graphic designer, Armin Hofmann was born in Winterthur, Switzerland, 29 June, 1920. He studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Zurich. From 1946 he has been a freelance designer working in Basel and Bern. From 1947-1955, and from 1957 to the present, he was an instructor in graphic design at the School of Arts and Crafts in Basel. He has been a visiting lecturer in graphic design at Yale University, New Haven, (1955), the Philadelphia Museum School (1955), Aspen International Design Conference, COlorado (1956), and the National Design Institute, Ahmedabad (1965). He is a member of the Schweizerische Werkbund, Verband Schweizerischer Graphiker and the Alliance Graphique Internationale. His graphic designs were included in the following exhibitions: 8 Swiss Graphic Artists, 1957-58 (which toured the U.S.); American Institute of Graphic Arts, NY, 1966; 107 Grafici dell'AGI, Castello Sforzesco, Milan, 1974; 30 Jahre Plakat Kunst, Gewerbemuseum, Basel, 1983; The 20th-Century Poster, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1984; The Swiss Institute, New York, 1986; The Basel School of Design and ItsPhilosophy, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, 1986. He work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, SI. In 1964 Hofmann won first prize at the Swiss National Exhibition in Lausanne.