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.
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.
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
I proud myself in having one of the largest Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam collections available for sale on the internte and i just added a extremely scarce item i want to share with you. I always was under the impression that from the mid Seventies the larger museums in the Netherlands started their educational programs to attract the young and school pupils to the museums.
I was wrong….
Recently i discovered in one of the 1960 catalogues a folder which was added which shows that the Stedelijk Musdeum had its own educational program in 1960. The 6 page folder, probably designed by Willem Sandberg shows an event specially organized for the very young to come to the museum and have fun. An “art” party for the young organized by the STEDELIJK in which childeren of all ages were entertained and encouraged to practisize their own art. A great and important collectable item available at www.ftn-books.com
This time a double bill of Renato Guttuso and Alan Davie. Two exhibions both held at the Stedelijk Museum at the end of 1962. It is rumored that this poster was designed by Sandberg , but the execution of it done by ten Have. Still i love this poster .. The red and green indicate the hand of Sandberg and the simplicity of it makes this a highly important historical poster for the Stedelijk Museum. Both poster and catalogues of the exhibitions are available at www.ftn-books.com
Another iconic duo from the early Sixties is the Wim Crouwel designed poster for the Etienne martin exhibition in 1963 and the catalogue he did design for the same exhibition. The catalogue is still influenced by the designs of Willem Sandberg, but the poster is completely different and a 100% Wim Crouwel design. The Martin poster has become the starting point of a series of iconic posters he made for the Stedelijk Museum. Both publications are now available at http://www.ftn-books.com.
Ever since i added to my personal collection of Stedelijk Museum catalogues the Willem Sandberg designed exhibition catalogue for the Campigli / 1950 exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum i became an admirer of this italian artist. Combining abstract element with figurative painting he developed a style of his own which is time less and authentic and very typical for Italian art.
His paintings have a sense of friendliness and “Joie de vivre” nd are still rooted in classic Italian art. This artist is a true Italian master painter, but also made some beautiful and highly collectible lithographs and etchings. If you look into Campigli his exhibition history you will notice that somehow people has lost interest in this great Italian artist, possibly considered “old fashioned” since one of his last major exhibitions was held in 2000 ( catalogue available at www.ftn-books.com). Still i am a fan and consider him one of the founders of great Italian Modern Art in the 20th century.
Thanks for your interest in this continuing daily blog. It has been been a year filled with changes and I truly hope next year will be a more normal year and of course a healthy one for you and all your loved ones.
What way to have a better start of the blogs remembering the New Years wishes Willem Sandberg made during his directorship at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Each year until the early Sixties he made a yearly New Years wish for the Stedelijk Museum. Recognizable, highly original and in a way only Sandberg could design and make them. I encountered these New Years wishes in a biography which was published in 2004 and written by Ank Leeuw Marcar. In the centre of the book all Sandberg New Years Wishes are assembled. ( available at http://www.ftn-books.com).
To finish ….My best wishes for you and your loved ones and have a wonderful 2021.
This week it is the set Wim Crouwel designed for the 1964 Arman exhibition. It was the first Arman show at the Stedelijk Museum and there would be some more to follow, since Willem Sanderg was a fan of Arman and his sculptures.
Both designs are executed in a blazing red color with a transformed and crushed lettering like the sculptures by ARMAN. An absolute beautiful design by Wim Crouwel.
but study them closely….. they look the same , but they are not…. there is a differnce in the lettering of the ARMAN name. Botht are available at www.ftn-books.com
Another impressive poster by Willem Sandberg for a series of 1962 exhibitions. Among these the first presentation of works by Philip Guston.
of these the published catalogues look quite different. All publication are available at www.ftn-books.com.