The Mexican International Poster Biennale was founded in 1990 on the initiative of a group of Mexican designers made up of Germán Montalvo, Martha Covarrubias, Felipe Covarrubias, Martha León and Xavier Bermúdez. They defined the event as an educational design space. Twenty-four years since its launch, the BICM has become one of the most representative of its type in the world.
The biennale currently consists of more than 40,000 posters from more than 60 countries and the museum has been the official exhibition space since 1994 for finalists’ work.
Every two years the Franz Mayer Museum exhibits a collection of the best 350 posters from all over the world, covering cultural, socio-political and commercial themes, in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program (PNUMA). The exhibition consists of a profound reflection on themes relating to mankind’s relationship with the environment.
An international encounter is also held every two years in provincial Mexican cities. In 201 the city of Querétaro will host the event, from October 31-November 4.