50 Years of Iranian Typography to go on display in Basel, Switzerland
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
Poster of the
exhibition, Designed by
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
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
Iranian Typography Exhibition: 50 Years of Calligraphy and Typography in
Iranian Graphic Design
Prof. Michael Renner, Head of the Visual Communication
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.
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
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.
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