The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2009
19/08 – 22/08/2010
Opening: Thursday 19/08 19:00
Die schönsten Schweizer Bücher
Les plus beaux livres suisses
I più bei libri svizzeri
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books
The competition “The Most Beautiful Swiss Books” was launched in 1943 by Jan Tschichold, when a jury of five experts selected the 25 most beautiful or best executed books. The aim was to promote and reward top-quality book design in Switzerland. Out of the 411 books submitted to the annual competition, 30 were selected as 2009's most beautiful Swiss books. Four of them went on to win medals at the international book competition held by Stiftung Buchkunst in Leipzig.
In collaboration with Grafill Grafisk Design's lecture series “Bokprat”, and the Swiss Federal Office for Culture, 1857 is proud to host an exhibition of these books from Thursday August 19, to Sunday August 22, 2010.
This year’s catalogue The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2009 – The Future Issue will also be on view and for sale during the exhibition. It is the third and last volume in a three part series, preceded by The Past Issue (2007), and The Present issue (2008). Laurenz Brunner conceived and designed the series while collaborating with Tan Wälchli on the extensive editorial content. Along with individual descriptions of the 30 winning entries, and an interview with the jury members, the catalogue continues to explore the book in the context of our changing times, with editorial contributions from Susanna Bliggenstorfer, Lionel Bovier, Mercedes Bunz, Hans Burkhardt, Hans ten Doornkaat, Paul Elliman, Experimental Jetset, Matias Faldbakken, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jesko Fezer, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Will Holder, Richard Hollis, Christoph Keller, Emily King, Aude Lehmann, Jürg Lehni, Beat Mazenauer, NORM, Peter Piller, Martin Schmitt-Lewen, Guy Schraenen, Gerhard Steidl, Erik Steinbrecher, Jim Stoddart, Daniel van der Velden, Daniel B. Visel, Lawrence Weiner and Gabriel Zaid.
Swiss chocolate and white wine courtesy the Swiss Embassy in Oslo.
The exhibition is supported by The City of Oslo
1857 is supported by Arts Council Norway.