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Jan Tschichold – a once-in-a-century typographer? Insights into his legacy // Temporary Exhibition at the German Museum of Books and Writing // German National Library in Leipzig // 19 March to 6 September 2019

Buchcover "Jan Tschichold - Ein Jahrhundert Typograf?"

Jan Tschichold’s (1902–1974) works have become classics of graphic design and still inspire young typographers today. In its new temporary exhibition, the German Museum of Books and Writing at the German National Library in Leipzig draws on Tschichold’s extensive legacy, which it was gifted in 2015.
The legacy, which encompasses 176 crates, provides insights into every creative period and milestone of Tschichold’s typographical work – starting with his first sketch books from when he was 16, through to numerous typography designs, studies for book covers and works relating to the “New Typography”, and including his educational writings and work for the corporate designs of major companies. With around 200 selected objects, the exhibition leads visitors through the biography of this once-in-a-century typographer, whose life was shaped by numerous ruptures and fresh starts, not least through having to go into exile. This “zig-zag” through a century of typography examines Tschichold’s famous works from the 1920s within the wider context of his life’s work. The fact that the “New Typography” created within the Bauhaus sphere – which first brought Tschichold to public attention – represents only one facet of his work, also casts a new light on 100 years of critical engagement with Bauhaus.

The exhibition is organised in cooperation with the University of Erfurt.

Wallstein Verlag will publish an accompanying volume on the exhibition, which can be purchased at the museum for 24.00 Euro.

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Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays 10:00–18:00, Thursday 10:00–20:00, closed Monday


Free admission

Further information

Exhibition opening: 18 March 2019, 19:30
Guided curator's tour: 15 May 2019, 15:00

Last update: 04.03.2019

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