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Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881-1919)

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A sculptor, not that very well known outside Germany, but a sculptor who nevertheless has its own museum. The Wilhelm Lehmbruck museum in Duisburg has a nice collection, but the Lehmbruck name is kept alive by practically all large museums in Germany.

Personally i do not know the fascination , because in my opinion Lehmbruck has not freed himself of making classical sculptures. He did not make the full transition into modern sculpture as for instance Giacometti did. Perhaps this is explained from the short life he had and he did not have the time to develop himself completely. If you look at that way, Lehmbruck took the first steps into modern sculpture but never had the time to complete his ideas on modern sculpture. www.ftn-books.com has some nice Lehmbruck publications available.

 

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Sixties Magazine TWEN/TABOE with Ed van der Elsken

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If you want to know what the Sixties looked like for the youth in the Netherlands, there are 3 magazines you must study. First there is the TIQ magazine. It is now one of the hardest to find magazines in the world, since few numbers were published and because of its controversial contents not to many survived.,….. and then there is TWEN/ TABOE. This is the “progressive” dutch youth showing their interests and sharing this with one of the most important Sixties magazines worldwide. Of course this is my personal idea about this magazine, but it is not without reason that i think this is important. One of the most prominent “house” photographers for TWEN/TABOE was Ed van der Elsken and he literally almost filled the pages of the magazines all by himself with his iconic photographs. Leafing through the special book which was published on the Magazine TWEN, which name had to be changed in TABOE after the german Springer publishing company forced by summary proceedings to do so. TWEN/ TABOE history is short. At the end of 1961 and the beginning of 1961 only 4 magazines were published , but they have proven to be a true historic and cultural document.

The integral publications of these 4 magazines is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Black Friday at FTN books

Not just a 3 days discount but a total of 11 days, a one period discount of 10% on all your FTN books purchases. Valid from the early hours  of Friday the 22nd of November until midnight on the 1st of December 2019. Use the special Black Friday 10% discount code:

                                                               B2019F

 

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Carel Visser…the 1975 van Abbemuseum catalogue

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This is the catalogue which started it all for Carel Visser in the Netherlands. After having had his exhibition at the Art & Project gallery in 1974. Visser was considered to be one of the great talents in the dutch art scene. the result…. museum exhibitions like this first one at the van Abbemuseum in 1975

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and in the following years consecutive exhibitions at the art & Project gallery, the Stedelijk Museum, Kröler Muller museum, Haags Gemeentemuseum and Museum Boymans van Beuningen. All these contributed to the fame of Carel Visser in the Netherlands resulting in many more gallery exhibitions, commissions and exhibitions abroad too. Carel Visser has become now one of the recognized leading sculptors and the catalogue which is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com is arguably one of the most important ones in the long list of publications Carel Visser has made during his career.

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Leo Divendal (1947)

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Leo Divendal…… Photographer, publisher, gallery owner, writer, musician, artist book maker, bookseller and antiquarian.

Why this blog on Leo Divendal, first of ll it is rare that so many talents have come together within one person and…..then there is of course the connection with the Gemeentemuseum where Divendal curated some 20 years ago, together with Willem van Zoetendaal some exhibitions in the Fotokabinetten.

The second reason is that i bought a Divendal special publication recently. Het Glazen Oog is a Divendal special from 1991 which features some of the greatest dutch photographers from last century.

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This and other publications are now available at www.ftn-boooks.com

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But possibly the main reason is that i noticed that Divendal and i have the same approach to art and artists and that the both of us like the same artists and have an admiration for them. Here is the link to the Leo Divendal site ( https://www.leodivendal.nl/atelier/) in which you can discover all those nice publications which many of them are also available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Experimental Jetset for SM

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Here is a short  text on this design studio.

Experimental Jetset is very much rooted in the classic designs and must be influenced by Gerstner and Crouwel, but the result is totally original. Bright, youthful and different. The Stedelijk Museum used their designs for a short while when they were located at the CS location during the renovation of the museum at the Paulus Potterstraat. The result is breathtaking and personally i wished they would have been chosen to design the Stedelijk Museum publications after the reopening of the museum. As it is now the cooperation ended in 2008. But lets hope the future brings new chances for a renewed cooperation:

1. Stedelijk Museum Open …

Sheet of postage stamps Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Post NL (Dutch Mail) We were asked by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and PostNL (Dutch Mail) to design a sheet of stamps to celebrate the re-opening of …

 

2. About

… in New York, for inclusion in the MoMA’s permanent collection. Other institutes and archives that feature EJ material include MoMA’s Art Library, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Art …

 

3. Whitney Graphic Identity

…  identity of the Stedelijk Museum CS (SMCS), back in 2004, we didn’t only design the sign system (a modular system of over 2000 plastic A4-sized document holders), but were also responsible for printin …

 

4. Interview / Confessions

… , a poster that Wim Crouwel designed in 1970 for the Stedelijk Museum, for an exhibition on concrete poetry – he also designed a really beautiful catalogue for that same exhibition, in collaboration wi …

 

5. Crouwel 80

Invitation card Stedelijk Museum Friday November 21, 2008, marked the 80th birthday of design legend Wim Crouwel. There were a couple of events scheduled in the weeks surrounding this date, and one …

 

6. D&AD Lecture

…  like the paradoxical quality of that. 5. What has been your favourite project to date and why? The graphic identity and sign system that we designed in 2004 for SMCS (Stedelijk Museum CS). We loved th …

 

7. Scale Models

… in production, but the stamps were. 10. 20/20 Vision title walls (2004) Models for 20/20 Vision, a group exhibition that took place at Stedelijk Museum CS (SMCS) in 2005. Basically two cardboard sta …

 

8. DTC / Gilgamesj

… straight out of the Stedelijk Museum CS (SMCS) assignment, which was quite a draining experience, we decided to develop the identity for De Theatercompagnie in a few successive steps, rather than to design …

 

9. Pop On Pop Off

… ns both have a diameter of 25 mm, and the shirt is a medium Fruit of the Loom shirt. While we were working on this project, we were also heavily occupied with the design of the graphic identity of Ste …

 

10. 3 Telephone Cards

… t present at this presentation; around the time of this launch party, we were working day and night on the graphic identity of the Stedelijk Museum CS (SMCS). Thanks to Daniela Petovic (KPN) for invitin …

 

11. SMCS / Introduction

Introduction  Stedelijk Museum CS We were asked in the beginning of 2004 to create the graphic identity of the Stedelijk Museum CS, the temporary exhibition space of the Amsterdam museum of modern art. …

 

12. SMCS / Logotype

Logotype  Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click through …

 

13. SMCS / Sign system 1

Sign System / part 1 Stedelijk Museum 2004 Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and …

 

14. SMCS / Sign system 2

Stedelijk Museum CS Sign system / part 2 Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click …

 

15. SMCS / Title walls

Title walls Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click through …

 

16. SMCS / Entrance

Entrance Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click through …

 

17. SMCS / Banners

Banners  Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click through all …

 

18. SMCS / Sandberg wing

Window display Stedelijk Museum 2004 Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click …

 

19. SMCS / Bulletin 1

Stedelijk Museum Bulletin 1 Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, …

 

20. SMCS / Bulletin 2

Stedelijk Museum Bulletin 2 Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, …

An independent graphic design studio, Experimental Jetset is made up of only three people, Marieke Stolk, Danny van den Dungen and Erwin Brinkers. All three members are graduates of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, located in Amsterdam, and have been collaborating since right after their graduation. While their influences are wide-ranging and varied, their aesthetic is closely related to that of the Modernist movement. The resemblance is reinforced by their use of Helvetica, implemented on nearly every one of their projects, as well as their often monochromatic color palette.  

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Art & Project final season 1998

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People following this blog know that i have acquired a large collection with Bulletins and invitations of the Art & Project gallery. Geert van Beijeren and Adriaan van Ravesteijn have published in nearly 30 years numerous publications. Bulletins, Catalogues, invitations, multiples and letters. Here is the final announcement of all their activities. In dutch they announce the ending of their gallery activities by the end of August 1998. This final announcement is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com

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Stedelijk Museum 2009 … a cotton bag

 

During the renovation of the Stedelijk Museum in 2009. There were only 5 special opening days of the museum. These days were on the occasion of the Amsterdam art fair to let the public see the progress and possibilities of the “new” building and get acqainted with it

The museum had a completely different approach in showing its colection since the rooms were filled for a period of only 5 days. The result a truly different museum filled with surprising and fantastic art and this bag is proof that there were these opening days in May 2009. There were 4 different versions and all versions are available. The bag is made of cotton and contained a newspaper on the museum and had a special button on the outside. These bags have now become highly collectable items and are now for sale at www.ftn-books.com. An important Stedelijk Museum collectible.

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Fritz Wotruba (1907-1975)

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A truly visionary artist Fritz Wotruba was. He is almost forgotten, but deserves to be recognized as one of the great European artists who shaped modern art and combined this with great architectural designs. Wotruba is like a cubist sculptor, but his shapes consist of parts put together and seen from nearby it seems as they have no relation with each other. But from further away figures emerge.

His sculptures are magnificent, but when you once have seen his architecture you are completely sold .

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This is the discipline in which he excels and is a one of a kind artist. Fritz Wotruba has had several exhibitions in the Netherland in the 50’s and the 60’s, but is after these events almost forgotten. Instead in Austria he is still one of the greatest Modern Artists. Catalogues of these events are available at www.ftn-books.com

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Johan van Loon (1934)

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Johan van Loon is without a doubt one of the most creative and important ceramic artists from the Netherlands. He is original in his approach to the material and his designs reflect his creative mind. His use of colors and the use of layers in his ceramic designs .

He bends, shapes and builds his creations in a very personal and original way, making these objects stand out from all their peers. Johan van Loon is an important ceramic artist and this is emphasized by the many exhibitions he has had in his career. One of the highlights was the 1991 Stedelijk Museum exhibition ( catalogue available at www.ftn-books.com) together with van der Vaart and Stockmans, but since many other s have followed. ao others the ones with the gallery Loes & Reinier ( https://loes-reinier.com/kunstenaar/johan-van-loon/).