Ten Močvara posters
Sax-powered post-punk stalwarts Blurt (founded by artist and poet Ted Milton in 1979 and still going strong) first played Zagreb in 1991 and have been part of the family ever since. Suitably impressed by the urban horror aesthetic of their Močvara poster, Blurt subsequently engaged artist Igor Hofbauer to design several of their record sleeves; the 2015 album Beneath Discordant Skies being one appropriately unnerving example.
Prime among the artists associated with the Močvara is Igor Hofbauer, who graduated from edgy black-felt-pen drawings in the early years of the club to the assured comic-noir style that characterizes his work today. This poster advertises a mini-festival in honour of Ivica Baričević Bara (1971-2002), the concert promoter, label boss, designer, and driving spirit of the Zagreb underground scene.
One of the fondest remembered performances in Močvara history is the Jonathan Richman concert of spring 2005. Playing unplugged with just a drummer for company, Richman hushed the packed, boisterous crowd with a show of rare warmth and intimacy. The retro pop stylings of the poster captured perfectly the naïf, I’m-no-rockstar charm of the performer himself.
A prolific and versatile designer who has contributed to the look of the club for many years, Vrana used this semi-abstract cog motif to convey the metronomic machine percussion of Publicist (the solo project of Trans-Am drummer Sebastian Thomson).
A regular on the Močvara scene since 1998, Slobić has turned his hand to everything from concert promotion to poster design. This work advertises an exhibition of his own posters, held as part of the Močvara Gallery (Galerija Močvara) programme, one of the club’s regular cultural strands. See more at www.slobichgraphics.com.
Legendary subversives of Croatian rock, Let 3’s live shows are big on costume changes, comic vulgarity and rousing indie anthems. The band has played Močvara many times, inspiring a brilliant poster on each occasion. This one marks the first appearance of a Darth Vader-inspired motif, subsequently to become one of Igor Hofbauer’s stock obsessions.
Željka Tkalčeć’s colourful, kids’-cartoon designs provide the perfect visual flavour to the kind of garage-trash-sugar-pop concerts organized by Beat City and Wolfbad Squad, two local gig promoters with whom the Močvara regularly works. More of Željka’s posters, illustration and typography can be found at www.behance.net/puh.
A member of the Močvara team since 2002, Sarajevo-born Kujundžić is arguably their most accomplished all-round designer. Whether dabbling in pop art, kids’ cartoon aesthetics or pure colour, his artwork always tells you something about the band. Check out his full professional portfolio on www.vizualab.net.
Former Minuteman Mike Watt has twice made it to the Močvara and was each time rewarded with one of Kujundžić’s incomparably sharp and penetrating posters. Never has the life of a band on tour looked so much like a summer holiday.
Mysterious, unclassifiable and very much a world unto themselves, The Residents are the sort of band that clubs like Močvara seem made for. Surprising therefore that they didn’t get round to playing here until 2016. Their startling, sell-out show was very much the talk of Zagreb (especially among those who couldn’t get in), and the California bizarre-core veterans were back for more in 2017.