Old-World Typographic Pilgrimage

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Hello all,

I've been given the fortunate opportunity to live in barcelona for several months, and hope to travel around mainland europe during this time -- with a bit of an initial adventure in the Czech Republic and Poland beginning this friday.

I was wondering if anyone here could recommend some typographic destinations on the continent. I'm generally not much for the tourist bit, but i imagine letting typography influence the wandering a bit could be quite qood.

Currently the only thing i had planned was to go to Belgium and stalk Yves so i could observe him in his natural environment, but i'm sure there are better suggestions... (or at least, other suggestions?)

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Come through Frankfurt (well, Offenbach, actually), Germany, on the 29th of August ;-) Some local typographers/type designers and I meet once a month for drinks, and that's the next date. During the day you can go to the Klingspor Museum (www.klingspor-museum.de). There are two great little type design exhibits there new, one on Rudolf Koch.

There is also the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, which I like quite a lot.

At the end of September, the ATypI's annual conference will take place on the other side of the Iberian pennisula in Lisbon.

Darrin Scott Hunter's picture
Joined: 24 Mar 2006 - 12:57am
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While you're in the Czech Republic, if you can get to Prague, there's the Museum of Decorative Arts (lots of writing / bookbinding / graphics). And there's supposed to be an important collection of typographic works and manuscripts at one of the monasteries, although I haven't been......you could ask around about this, probably at the MDA.

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Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
Main building
17. listopadu 2
110 00 Prague 1

T) +420 251 093 111
F) +420 251 093 296
E) info@upm.cz)

transportation
Metro line A, Tram num. 17 or 18, Bus 133
Staroměstská stop

opening hours
Museum
Tuesday 10 a.m.—7 p.m.
Wednesday — Sunday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.

Library
Monday 12 noon—6 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.—8 p.m., Wednesday — Friday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
July — August closed

Café
Monday — Friday 10 a.m.—7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10.30
a.m.—7 p.m.

admission charges
Combined ticket: permanent and temporary exhibitions 120 CZK (concessions 60 CZK)
Temporary exhibition: 60 CZK (concessions 30 CZK)
Permanent exhibitions only: 80 CZK (concessions 40 CZK)

free entry
Tuesday 5 p.m.—7 p.m.
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If you go to Ghent or Antwerp in Belgium, be sure to visit the bookstore Copyright. They have a great selection of graphic design books & -depending on the moment- also some nice books on typography. The Fnac-stores sometimes also have great books on their shelves.
The adresses for the Copyright bookstores are:

Jakobijnenstraat 8, 9000 Ghent
(openinghours: Mo-Sa: 10h00 - 18h30)

Nationalestraat 28a, 2000 Antwerpen
(openinghours: Tu-Sa: 11h00 - 18h30, Su: 14h00 - 18h00)

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Amsterdam has the famous Nijhof & Lee bookstore, which may be the best typographic bookstore anywhere in the world.

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This is great, exactly what i was hoping for. -- thanks so much.

Dan, i'll be in touch about the 29th!

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Great! Just e-mail me over my Typophile profile page.

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If you make it to Belgium quick, there's still a (tiny) exhibition of illustrators (until 26-08-2006) in a local comic book store (Mekanik, St. Jacobsmarkt 73) here in Antwerp. It only features a few works, but is definitely worth seeing if you happen to be in the neighbourhood. The 2 works of Eduardo Recife alone make it worth the while!
And if you're also into comics or graphic design, it's a fun store to visit anyway.

Good food tips are also available on request ;-)