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Druckkunst 1919, Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jun 14th, 2019. Artwork published in
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    Druckkunst 1919, Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig 1
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    In summer 2019, on the occasion of the Bauhaus centennial, the Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig will show an exhibition about the Bauhaus and its precursors in the graphic arts industry, titled Druckkunst 1919 (“Art of Printing 1919”).

    The invitation is set in Messer, a typeface designed by Inga Plönnigs based on Weiß-Antiqua (1928). A first version of Messer was made available via Future Fonts in early 2018. Messer is here used in regular and italic styles. It’s paired with what looks like a version of Akzidenz-Grotesk or similar. The cover of the folded card shows a detail from an ad for Roeder fountain pens from around 1914.

    With a cross-section through the year 1919, the exhibition uses the example of posters, printed advertising materials, company logos, (trade) magazines, books, typefaces and product designs to show how innovative the printing industry and commercial art in Germany were shortly after the end of the First World War. Even before the founding of the Bauhaus, the art of printing shaped and decisively influenced the view of modern design.

    Druckkunst 1919, Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig 2
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    Druckkunst 1919, Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig 3
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    Druckkunst 1919, Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig 4
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    Druckkunst 1919, Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig 5
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

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