biography

1947
born in Willisau/Switzerland

1963-67
Apprenticeship as a Typographer

1967-71
Graphic Design Studies at Art School of Lucerne

1971-72
Art Director in Paris at Hollenstein Création

since 1973
own Graphic Design Studio in Willisau/Switzerland

since 1966
Organizer of the Willisau Jazz Concerts

since 1975
Organizer of the Willisau Jazz Festival

since 1989  
Member of AGI Alliance Graphique Internationale

1998-2013
Professor at State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart/Germany

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1977
Vestag Cultural Prize, Lucerne/Switzerland
1982
Cultural Prize of Central Switzerland
1984
scholarship for applied art
1989
Touristic Prize of Central Switzerland
1994
Honorar citizen of hometown Willisau
2000
ADC (Art Directors Club of Switzerland): Special Award

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1977-99
22 'Swiss Posters of the Year'

Grand Prize and First Prize Awards:
Essen/Germany: Poster Triennale 1987, 1994
Chaumont/France: Festival Internationale de l’Affiche 1992
Lahti/Finland: International Poster Bienniale 1993
Vienna/Austria: Best Cultural Poster of the Year 1994, 1995
Helsinki/Finland: International Poster Bienniale 1997
Trnava/Slovakia: International Poster Trienniale 1997
Rzeszow/Poland: International Theatre Poster Bienniale 1997
Swiss Graphic Designers: SGD A4 Award 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005
Hong Kong/China: International Poster Triennial 2001
Hangzhou/China: International Poster Bienniale 2003
Moscow/Russia: Golden Bee Graphic Design Bienniale 2004, 2006
Colorado/USA: Internaional Invitational Poster Bienniale 2005
Taipei/Taiwan: Internaional Poster Bienniale 2005
Ningbo/China: Internationale Poster Bienniale 2006
Zagreb/Croatio: ZGRAF International Graphic Design Bienniale 2008
Moscow Golden Bee International Graphic Design Bienniale 2008
Type Directors Club New York: Best in Show Award 2011

1979-2016
Many Awards from the Art Directors Club of Switzerland, Art Directors Club New York, Art Directors Club of Europe, Type Directors Club New York, Tokyo Type Directors Club, Red Dot Communication Award. 100 Best Posters Austria/Germany/Switzerland, European Design Annual Awards a.m.o.

Participation and prize winner of many Design and Poster Competitions, such as Warsaw Poster Biennale, Brno Design Biennale, Chaumont Festival de l’Affiche, Toyama Poster Trienniale, Mexico Poster Bienniale, Lahti Poster Bienniale, Helsinki Poster Bienniale, Trnava Poster Trienniale, Ogaki Invitational Poster Bienniale, Colorado Invitational Poster Bienniale, Moscow Poster Bienniale, Taiwan International Graphic Design Award, Ningbo Poster Bienniale, Hongkong International Poster Trienniale, Zgraf International Design Competition, Hangzhou Poster Bienniale, a.m.o.


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Posters in many important Poster Collections such as the Museum of Modern Art New York,

Museum for Art and Craft Hamburg, Toyama Museum of Modern Art Japan, Ogaki Poster Museum Japan,

Poster Museum Essen, Stadedeljk Museum Amsterdam, Zurich Poster Collection, Basel Poster Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Art a.m.o.

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Exhibitions

1978
Luzern/Switzerland, Raeber Gallery

1979
Martigny/Switzerland, Le Manoir

Nervi/Italy, Teatro di Parco

Paris/France, Galérie Artcuriel

1986
Brunnen/Switzerland, Park Hotel

1987
New York/USA, Reinhold Brown Gallery

1989
Stansstad/Switzerland, Hotel Acheregg

1991
Lucerne/Switzerland, Kornschütte Rathaus

1992
Frankfurt/Germany, Amerika Haus

1993
Chaumont/France, Poster Festival, Grand Garage

Lucerne/Switzerland, Gallery Ars Collect

Berlin/Deutschland, Akademie der Künste, Galerie Parterre

1994
Mexico City, La Casa del Poeta

Hannover/Germany, Galerie Grohnert & Weigelt, with Günther Kieser

1995
New York/USA, Reinhold Brown Gallery

Tokyo/Japan, Ginza Graphic Gallery

Guadalajara/Mexico, Centro de Arte Contemoraneo

1996
Maracaibo/Venezuela, Centro de Bellas Artes

Zofingen/Switzerland, Thut Gallery

1997
Horgen/Switzerland, Plakat Forum, with Ivar Breitenmoser

1998
Warsaw/Poland, Gallery Grafiki i Plakatu

St. Niklausen/Switzerland, MAZ

1999
Willisau/Switzerland, Rathaus: Jazz Posters by Niklaus Troxler

Essen/Germany, German Poster Museum. Niklaus Troxler Posters

2000
Nyon/Arzier/Switzerland: Art Nyon reçoit N.T., Poster Exhibition and Concerts

2001
Caracas/Venezuela: Exhibition at Museo de la Estampa y del Diseno

Carlos Cruz-Diez: Niklaus Troxler - Afiches de Jazz

Hamburg: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. Hall for Poster Art

2002
Stuttgart/Germany: Design Center: Jazz & More. N.T. Posters

Warsaw/Poland: Studio Gallery: Poster exhibition with M. Wasilewski

Rottweil/Germany: Galerie B. Merz, Jazzplakate von N.T.

2005
Minneapolis Institute of Art

2006
Ljubljiana/Slovenia: at Emzin

2007
New York: AIGA/Cooper Union
Havana/Cuba: at Galeria de la Biblioteca Publica

2008
Rovereto/Italy: A Century of Jazz, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea

2009
Paris/France: Musée Branly: Le siécle du Jazz
Coimbra/Portugal: Museu Nacional de Machado da Castro: Jazz Cartazes de Niklaus Troxler
Marseille/France: Espace muséal Villeneuve-Bargemont: Affiches de Niklaus Troxler
Barcelona/Spain: Centre de Cultura Contemporània: El Segle de Jazz
Berlin/Germany: Pigasus Gallery: Niklaus Troxler Posters
Berlin/Germany: Grünwald Gallery Köpenick

2010
Moscow/Russia: Tsereteli Gallery

2011
Torun/Poland: Wozownia Gallery: Niklaus Troxler Poster Art
Tehran/Iran: Momayez Gallery: Niklaus Troxler Poster

2012
Zagreb/Croatia, ZGRAF, Museum of Contemporary Art
Lucerne/Switzerland, Weltformat, with students, Kunsthalle/Bourbaki
Amsterdam/The Netherlands, North Sea Jazz Club

2013
Zhongshan/China, with students, Museum of Art
Shenzhen/China, OCT Art & Design Gallery
Beijing/China, with students, The Gallery/Taikoo Li
Macau/China, Tap Seac Gallery  

2014
Porto/Matosinhos, ESAD

2015
Pau/France, Le Bel Ordinaire
Willisau/Switzerland, Stadtmühle
Emmerich/Germany, PAN Kunstforum
Paris/France, Maryse Eloye
Beromünster/Switzerland, KKLB
Lucerne/Switzerland, Kornschütte

2016
Ann Arbor/Michigan/USA, Michigan University, Slusser Gallery STAMPS and The Work Gallery
Berlin/Germany, Bröhan Museum
Schloss Wiligrad near Schwerin/Germany
Beromünster/Switzerland, KKLB


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Books on Niklaus Troxler:

1978
Jazz in Willisau - hundertmal Jazz live, Edition Raeber, Lucerne (o.o.p.)

1991
Niklaus Troxler - Jazz Posters, Edition Oreos/Germany (o.o.p.)

1999
Jazz Blvd. - Niklaus Troxler Posters, Lars Müller Publishers. ISBN 3-907044-90-8

Niklaus Troxler/A Designers Design Life, Wang Xu >Publ., Guangzhou/China ISBN 7-5006-3437-7/J.328

2004
Master and Students. Niklaus Troxler & Students State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart. ISBN 7-5006-5665-3/J.616

2005
Wie Niklaus Troxler den Free Jazz nach Willisau brachte. Comenius Verlag. ISBN 3-906286-19-3

2007
Niklaus Troxler - The Master of Design. Page One. ISBN 981-245-430-6
Niklaus Troxler. Pyramyd Books Nr. 54. ISBN 978-2-35017-054-1
Niklaus Troxler.ggg Books Nr. 80. ISBN 978-4-88752-365-4

2013
Willisau and All That Jazz, Till Schaap Edition/Hochschule Luzern ISBN 978-3-03828-000-2  


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Documentary film:

2010 Niklaus Troxler - Jazz in Willisau - A Life with Jazz and Graphic Design by Angelo A. Lüdin and Barbara Zürcher, point de vue, Basel

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