As I mentioned in this thread, I have begun planning an exhibition on the theme of type design and national identity, 1900-1960. I am pleased to report that we have a venue: the exhibition, "Face the Nation: How National Identity Shaped Modern Typeface Design," will take place beginning next summer at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
I am now trying to round up objects to display that will convey the case studies I plan on having as parts of the show. Can you help? I am looking for offers to lend objects (specimens, other printed examples, type, matrices, etc.) related to:
- GENERAL: typecasting and -setting technology 1900-1960
- NORWAY: Gerhard Munthe, medieval letterform revivals
- GERMANY: Koch, new blackletter designs
- GERMANY: 20s sans-serifs: Futura, Erbar, Kabel
- ENGLAND: Gill Sans
- FRANCE: Deberny & Peignot sans, e.g. Bifur
- SWITZERLAND: Helvetica, Univers
- USA: Goudy
- CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Vojtech Preissig
- IRELAND: Colm O Lochlainn, new Irish/Gaelic script types
- JEWISH DIASPORA: Hugh Schonfield, "New Hebrew Typography"
I can give assurances about security, insurance, climate control, etc. All loans will, of course, be gratefully acknowledged on exhibition labels and the checklist.
Thanks in advance for any offers or leads you can provide. I appreciate the help, and I invite you all to come to Minneapolis next year to see the show.