CENL Event

13th September 2019

Jan Tschichold – A Once-In-A-Century Typographer?


Temporary exhibition
extended until 13 October 2019

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

Although never a member of the Bauhaus movement himself, the Leipzig-born typographer and poster and book designer Jan Tschichold (1902–1974) is regarded as one of the major champions of functional typography. His works have become classics of graphic design and still inspire people today. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, the German Museum of Books and Writing is temporarily exhibiting typographical milestones in the life’s work of Tschichold.

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.

For further information, here.