Moscoso Cosmos The Visual Universe of Victor Moscoso

Curators David Carballal

Moscoso Cosmos: The Visual Universe of Victor Moscoso brings to our country a large selection of the work of one of the most original and influential graphic designers of the 20th century. This is his biggest retrospective exhibition so far. The show brings together the renowned series of psychedelic rock posters that he created over eight months in 1966 and 1967, and fourteen issues of the underground magazine Zap Comix, which was published over forty years and featured artists such as Robert Crumb or Rick Griffin. It also includes an additional selection of posters, album covers, comics, illustrations for books and magazines, animations and biographical photographs which complete a journey marked by iconic pictures of the second half of the 20th century.

Victor Moscoso’s original pieces of graphic art will occupy two rooms of the Luis Seoane Foundation —a large part comes from the City of A Coruña’s own collection, Europe’s biggest public collection of works by the artist—. The exhibition will also showcase his animations and a space will be dedicated to his spectacular kinetic posters, and to other items that help to understand the artist’s unique contributions and work methodology.

Moscoso Cosmos: The Visual Universe of Victor Moscoso has been organised by Fundación Luis Seoane (A Coruña) in association with MUSAC (León) and Centro Niemeyer (Avilés), with the collaboration of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and Gadis.

A book will be published to go with the exhibition and Victor Moscoso himself serves as its art director. The texts are written in Galician, English and Spanish. It features an introduction by New York critic Steven Heller and a biography essay by David Carballal, who curated the exhibition and wrote the piece after numerous conversations with the artist. This is the most extensive monograph published so far on Victor Moscoso. There are some 200 pictures in the book, including catalogued pieces, documents and biographical photographs.

Victor Moscoso has designed a poster especially for his exhibition at the Luis Seoane Foundation in A Coruña. The use of overlapping images —a technique he developed in his psychelic era— makes the poster react when exposed to flashing red and blue lights.

After Fundación Luis Seoane, Moscoso Cosmos: The Visual Universe of Victor Moscoso will travel to MUSAC in León, and Centro Niemeyer in Avilés.