Cover and back cover for the exhibition catalogue of Kunst en kind (“Art and child”), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, December 1948–January 1949. The red type is Annonce, which is the Amsterdam Typefoundry’s name for the boldest wide style of a type series that originated at Wagner & Schmidt and was also known as Edel-Grotesk fett or Aurora-Grotesk breitfett. The big blue letters look like Onyx. This condensed serif was sold by Amsterdam under the alias Arsis. If this is letterpress-printed, it might be a wood type version.
Willem Sandberg built a reputation for the Stedelijk Museum both through his activities as a graphic designer for the institute and as the museum’s curator and director. From the Stedelijk Museum website: “Sandberg wants to make art accessible for everybody. Under his guidance the Stedelijk begins organizing workshops for children, and introduces a wireless audio tour”.
Kunst en kind was an exhibition that showcased children’s drawings from 24 different countries, children’s books by artists, and art books for children.