Rolland Garros in the spotlight

16 April 2013  |   0 Comments   |    |  

Here's an article that's not really in the news... it's more of an off-season article!
The 2013 Internationals poster unveiled at the end of 2012... with the tournament kicking off at the end of May... it's the perfect time to get out the balls and cut some shorts!

International artists

It was in 1980 that Daniel Lelong, director of the gallery of the same name, suggested that the French Tennis Federation entrust the design of the poster to a great name in contemporary art. Valeria Adami signed the 1980 poster, followed by Miro, Arman, Tapies, Pignon-Ernest... Today, David Nash has signed the 34th poster in this collaboration.


In the words of the FFT, it's a "simple tennis ball. Yellow, solar, burning... In a poetic abstraction. A work that combines strength and delicacy. Between heaven and earth, these balls swirl above an imaginary, invisible net. They express Nash's creativity and that of the tournament. The brilliance of a sunny Parisian spring is matched by the power of the exchanges on the clay of Court Philippe-Chatrier.

For my part, I would say that this is a good poster for a "MANAA" ( upgrading in applied arts ).
In the history of Roland Garros posters, there have already been a few "gems".

Posters that cross the white line !

The idea of entrusting the poster design to an artist is a generous one, but the result is far from convincing ! An artist is not necessarily a good graphic designer. The reverse is rarely true either.

In the list of the strangest posters, we could mention Plensa's 2005 poster as the most sinister :

Roland Garros 2005 par Plensa

The 2000 poster by Tapiès was the first to be produced in less than 2 seconds :
Roland Garros 2000 par Tapies

Klapheck's 2009 poster, as the most colorful crayon poster of the 70s.
Roland Garros 2009 par Klapheck

The finalists !

Fortunately, there were a few successes among the lot !
Aillaud's 1984 poster captures the mood of the event...
Roland Garros 1984 réalisée par Aillaud

The one by Pignon-Ernest in 1994, although very classic, tells the story of this sport without showing anything... just a gesture that sums it all up !
Roland Garros 1994 par Pignon-Ernest

And my favorite is this gorgeous haircut !
L'affiche de 1981 réalisée par Eduardo Arroyo

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