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50 Years of Iranian Typography to go on display in Basel, Switzerland

Source: Mehr News Agency
An exhibition entitled ‘50 Years of Iranian Typography’ will open at the Basel School of Design on May 1st. Typography is the art and craft of designing typefaces and arranging type for display, which emerged almost at the same time as the printing industry.
Poster of the exhibition, Designed by
Kambiz Shafei
Works of 42 graphic designers, spanning three generations, will be put on display in the exhibit. The event is being sponsored by Switzerland’s Visual Communication Institute and is directed by Michael Renner.
The showcase was originally to be held last January, but it was postponed due to unforeseen difficulties.
The late Morteza Momayyez, who is considered to be the father of Iranian graphic art, Iraj Haqiqi, Qobad Shiva, Mohammad Ehsaii, Farshid Mesqali, Sadeq Barirani, Alireza Mostafazadeh, Bijan Seifuri, Iraj-Mirza Alikhani, Farzad Adibi, Firuz Shafei are among the graphic designers whose work will be on display.
Iranian graphic designer Majid Abbasi is scheduled to give workshops on Iranian typography on May 5 and 6.
A 169-page catalogue to complement the exhibition, with an introduction written by Renner, has been published by Nazar, an Iranian company.   

Iranian Typography Exhibition: 50 Years of Calligraphy and Typography in Iranian Graphic Design
Prof. Michael Renner, Head of the Visual Communication Institute
The Basel School of Design (FHNW/HGK)

We do not have to work hard to find links between the typographic arts of Iran and Switzerland. For example, the typographic work currently being produced in both cultures draws on a rich script-oriented tradition. It is the task of the present generation of designers to reinterpret those traditions in modern form. Of course, neither in Iran nor in Switzerland are they isolated from international influences.

Every design reflects a relationship with its respective tradition as well as with current international developments. Parallels can be discerned in the engagement of Iranian and Swiss designers with digital technology and its influence on visual communication.

The “Iranian Typography, 50 Years of Calligraphy and Typography in Iranian Graphic Design” exhibition is a platform on which to debate the characteristics that are peculiar to the Iranian and Swiss visual cultures. We hope that it will not hasten the “harmonization” of the two cultures, but will strengthen each in its singularity.
> List of the professional participants
> List of the student participants

1 May – 10 May 2007
Monday to Friday 12.00 – 18.00
Opening: 30 April, 17.00

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
Academy of Art and Design
Visual Communication Institute
The Basel School of Design
Vogelsangstrasse 15
CH-4058 Basel

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