The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2013 at Sitterwerk

October 26, 2014 to November 23, 2014

The book designer and typographer Jan Tschichold is said to have warned that, «Poor typography is bad for your health» — a quote that on the one hand best represents Tschichold’s dogmatic conception of good and bad design, and on the other, of his sometimes tongue-in-cheek statements. It is in this regard that Jan Tschichold is important for two reasons simultaneously: First, it was he who initiated the award for The Most Beautiful Swiss Books in 1943, and secondly, since last year, Tschichold’s working library is held in the St. Galler Zentrum für das Buch, it is thus accessible to all. It is here that Tschichold, The Most Beautiful Swiss Books, and good typography come together.

This autumn we will present The Most Beautiful Swiss Books in the Sitterwerk Art Library (Kunstbibliothek) for the second time. These books are the best ambassadors for the Swiss book trade and will be shown at home and abroad. In addition to the 22 award-winning books, we are pleased that this year we are able to also present all the entry submissions. The exhibition provides an inspiring and comprehensive look at many aspects of contemporary book design. At the opening, the award-winning books, the catalogue, as well as a selection of the award-winning books of recent years are available in the Pop-Up Bookshop of Georg Rutishauser and Samuel Bänziger.

In the Sitterwerk, in the context of the Art Library (Kunstbibliothek), the Material Archive (Werkstoffarchiv), and the Art Foundry (Kunstgiesserei), we would like to focus on the materiality and the production processes that are so important to book design. To this end, the designers of Maximage, David Keshavjee and Julien Tavelli have been invited to research in Sitterwerk for two days. Maximage are responsible for the design of this year’s catalogue accompanying The Most Beautiful Swiss Books and have, with their concept, explored the possibilities and limitations of printing processes—an experimental use of standardized industrial processes that we find interesting and which we would like to further explore with a presentation at the conclusion of the exhibition on November 23.

Vernissage: Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Official welcome, followed by an aperitif.

Finissage: Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Please join us for a presentation of Bibliozine and an intervention by Maximage—David Keshavjee and Julien Tavelli.

Images: Oliver Sutter, Copyright: BAK