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A very special catalogue on Figuration Libre

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The year 1982, the exhibition …l’Air du Temps….location Galerie d’Art Contemporain Nice….the artists… Alberola, Blanchard, Blais, Boisrond, Castellas, Combas, Denis, di-Rosa, En avant comme avant, Favier, Gainon, Giard, Laget, Lanneau and Rousse.

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All artists were member of the FIGURATION LIBRE group and have gained world fame in the decades after this exhibition. What makes this catalogue special is that it is the only copy currently available on the market and from an art historical point of view. It presents these artists for the first time together in one of the major museums for modern art. Beside that a text is written by Ben Vautier ( Fluxus) who was and is an admirer of the Figuration Libre. This i the only copy i have available and it is very special , since the condition is excellent and it is dedicated to Riekje Swart who was the first to present these Figuration Libre artists in the Netherlands.

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Frans Haks (2008)

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After many years , Frans Haks waved goodbye in 2008 to his beloved Groninger Museum and with this fareweel a beautiful publication designed by Swip Stolk was published. In it , contributions by all that mattered during the Eighties and Nineties in the dutch Museum world. Contributions by Wim Crouwel, Henk van Os, Peter Struycken and of course Swip Stolk, make this book very special. A well deserved farewell present to Frans Haks who made  the Groninger Mudeum one of the most important and trend setting museums in the Netherlands. This book and poster are now available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Posters by Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel…part 8

Roger Bissiere held an exhibition in 1958 at the Stedelijk Museum. Catalogue and poster were designed by Willem Sandberg. In 1966 it was again time for Bissiere to show his latest works. This time Wim Crouwel designed both catalogue and poster. With the poster he was inspired by the one Sandberg had designed before. The poster is almost classic Sandberg in its approach. Colors, graphic design. red lettering all strongly influenced by Sandberg. But the catalogue!…there it was ….a typical Crouwel design…., size, binding, colors every aspect oozes Crouwel. Here are both and both are available at www.ftn-books.com.

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Zonnehof Amersfoort posters

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From the same source as the Crouwel posters of yesterdays blog comes this series of posters for the ZONNEHOF AMERSFOORT museum. Later this would become the Armando museum, but in the Sixties and Seventies they had their own small program of exhibitions. Well worth visiting and it is interesting to see that also a smaller dutch museum thought it important that design and typography of their publications was important. The main part of these series was designed by van den Brink. All are now available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Wim Crouwel (continued)

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Followers of the blog will know of my admiration for Wim Crouwel, but what most people do not know is that Crouwel designed in the late Sixties and early Seventies for two other Amsterdam museums. Beside the Stedelijk Museum he made poster and publication designs for the AMSTERDAMS HISTORISCH MUSEUM and MUSEUM WILLET-HOLTHUYSEN. As for the posters….. FTN-books acquired a smalll collection of these pposters which is now for sale at http://www.ftn-books. Here are some pictures of the 12 posters now available.

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“de Pot” is the new DEPOT of the Boymans van Beuningen Museum

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Another few weeks and the new depot for the Boymans van Beuningen collection will be open for the public. Now are the weeks of moving and placing the many objects from the collection of the Boymans van Beuningen museum and an openingof the new building is foreseen on the 25th of September next. This building promisses to be something very special and i predict it will have the same appeal as the Guggernheim Museum in Bilbao. Inside , outside and the direct surroundings are all functional for visitors and citizens of Rotterdam alike. It will be an iconic building for Rotterrdam and the Netherlands and i can not wait to visist the building and see its collections by myself. To follow the progress of the opening of the building follow this site; https://www.boijmans.nl/depot

and for all historical publications visit my site at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Sam Kaner (1924 -1990)

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Normally galerie Sothmann has the perfect “gallery eye” for new and upcoming artists. They were one of the first to recognize the importance of Jessurun de Mesquita, who taught Maurits Cornelis Escher the “trciks of the trade”.

With Sam Kaner they hit a miss. After raving reviews for the Kaner exhibition at the Guggenheim Palazza DEI LEONI in Venice they presented the works by Kaner in their Amsterdam gallery and sold, according to my information, none of the works within the exhibition from 1963.

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What rests is this colorful exhibition poster they had made. Printed recto /verso with information on Kaner and his career and works. Kaner is well worth collecting nowadays and this scarce poster is no exception. ( poster available at www.ftn-books.com)

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Another Willem Sandberg combination

Today another combination. The year 10 years later. More experiments were done and the result is two different approaches to the design by Willem Sandberg . One with torn out letters and the other with layers of art combined into a designed poster. Both fascinating and available at www.ftn-books.com.

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another combination…This time Sandberg 1949

A few weeks ago i started to persent the combination of catalogue and poster published with an exhibition. The initial blogs were on publications designed by Wim Crouwel, but to day and tomorrw i will show you 2 combinations by another great…WILLEM SANDBERG

The first is for the Andre Bauchant ehibition in 1949.

 

This is almost 1 on 1. You of color and background are the same. The fonts however are different.

Both are available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Swip Stolk meets Keith Haring (1992)

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This is still possibel, since 2 year after his death the Groninger Museum used one of Keith Haring Subway drawings as the leading image for all the publications that were published around the theme of Subway graffiti art.  An exhibition which was held at the Groninger Museumin 1992.

Swip Stolk interpreted in his own special way this drawing and transformed into a spectacular exhibition poster. A few years earlier Stolk took an interest in graffiti art and integrated this art form into a poster devoted to the collection of the Groninger Museum. Both poster are now available at www.ftn-books.com

This will be the first of a series blogs devoted to the poster art for the Groninger Museum by Swip Stolk