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book (design) story #426

michel seuphor, peter alma, j.j. oud, c. van eesteren:
piet mondrian

stedelijk museum, amsterdam, 1946
printer: stadtsdruckerij van amsterdam
size: 21 x 15 cm
designer: friedrich vordemberge-gildewart

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it is the catalogue of a 1946 piet mondrian retrospective exhibition in the stedelijk museum amsterdam.

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although this collection is about german-language books it is included since it was designed by friedrich vordemberge-gildewart (1899-1962), according to brattinga/petersen's sandberg book, p.154.

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with its nicely balanced, asymmetric composition of sparse blue and red type on white, the cover seems to match mondrian's spirit very well.

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actually there is exactly one word in german in michel seuphor's essay (in french and dutch): "├╝berwunden", a term which apparently is difficult to express in a language other than german ...

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