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Kunstverein Jena exhibition handbills (1924–27)

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Mar 14th, 2017. Artwork published in
circa 1924
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    Source: http://letterformarchive.org Photo by and collectcion of Letterform Archive. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Kunstverein Jena (Jena Art Association) was founded in 1903. In some of its early years, the organization held exhibitions at the Bauhaus in nearby Weimar, and later they were shown in Jena at the Prinzessinnenschlösschen (also known as the Griesbachsches Gartenhaus). This series of 10.5 × 14.9 cm handbills, designed by exhibition director Walter Dexel, is a fine example of the “new typography” promoted by László Moholy-Nagy at the Bauhaus in 1923. Paraphrasing Dexel from his contribution to Bodo Rasch’s 1930 Der gefesselte Blick (The Shackled View):

    “We no longer seek the so-called ‘beauty’, but clarity. The man of today has the right to demand that the information he needs be presented to him in a concise and clear manner.”

    The fliers use a variety of the grotesks favored by Bauhaus artists, as described by Indra Kupferschmid in one of the first articles on Fonts In Use. These include Breite halbfette Grotesk, Venus, Akzidenz-Grotesk, and other unidentified sans serifs.

    Further reading: Jena und das Bauhaus [PDF] by Volker Wahl, 1979.

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    Source: https://www.moma.org Image: MoMA, Jan Tschichold Collection, Gift of Philip Johnson. License: All Rights Reserved.

    One-color version of the previous design with the program for fall 1925, feat. Johannes Auerbach, August Macke, and Georg Kötschau. “HERBST 1925” is set in the breit weight of Koralle.

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    Source: https://www.moma.org Image: MoMA, Jan Tschichold Collection, Gift of Philip Johnson. License: All Rights Reserved.
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    Membership card for 1925. The annual fee was 6 Mark.

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    Source: https://www.moma.org Image: MoMA, Jan Tschichold Collection, Gift of Philip Johnson. License: All Rights Reserved.
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    Source: https://new.liveauctioneers.com Image: Galerie Bassenge. License: All Rights Reserved.
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    1926: Adolf Meyer. Schmale Etienne along the side.

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    1926. “NEUE SACHLICHKEIT” is likely Fette Egyptienne or Schelter & Giesecke’s Schmale fette Egyptienne, later issued by Amsterdam as Egyptienne schmalfett. The exhibition showed works from Otto Dix, George Grosz and many other artists of the New Objectivity.

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    Source: https://www.moma.org Image: MoMA, Jan Tschichold Collection, Gift of Philip Johnson. License: All Rights Reserved.
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    1927.

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    Source: https://www.moma.org Image: MoMA, Jan Tschichold Collection, Gift of Philip Johnson. License: All Rights Reserved.
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    Source: https://www.moma.org Image: MoMA, Jan Tschichold Collection, Gift of Philip Johnson. License: All Rights Reserved.

    This 1928 photography exhibition featured works by Hugo Erfurth, Lotte (and Richard?) Errell, Lucia Moholy and her husband László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Peterhans, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Umbo (Otto Umbehr) and others. 14.8  21 cm.

    Typefaces

    • Breite halbfette Grotesk
    • Koralle
    • Venus
    • Etienne schmal
    • Egyptienne
    • Akzidenz-Grotesk
    • unidentified typeface

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