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book (design) story #651

carl niessen:
das problemtheater

gewerbemuseum basel, 1931
size: 21 x 15 cm
designer: (unknown)

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a 1931 gewerbemuseum basel exhibition catalogue, with a "new typography"-inspired design very similar to book 535: ...

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... however also the inside pages are set in sansserif. the exhibition is about "problem-oriented theatre", which basically means avant-garde tendencies in theatre, ...

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... as theatre historian carl niessen (1890-1969) explains in his text. note the typographic detail with slanted rule on the left page above.

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the very interesting text and catalogue section (including a text by el lissitzky, above) is followed by a photo section showing stage designs by bauhaus meisters oskar schlemmer and ...

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... laszlo moholy-nagy, ...

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and by otto morach for the swiss string puppet theatre of the kunstgewerbemuseum z├╝rich.

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