Wolfgang Weingart: Typography

Wolfgang Weingart the Swiss typographer.

Wolfgang Weingart is regarded as the “enfant terrible” of modern Swiss typography. At an early stage he broke with the established rules: He freed letters from the shackles of the design grid, spaced, underlined or reshaped them and reorganized type-setting. Later he mounted halftone films to form collages, anticipating the digital sampling of the post-modern “New Wave”. As a typography teacher at the Basel School of Design Weingart shaped several generations of designers from 1968 onwards.

They came from throughout the world and helped him achieve international recognition. Weingart’s experimental design approach and the connection between analog and digital techniques that he called for are topical again today. His life’s work is shown for the first time in Switzerland and juxtaposed with works produced through his teaching activity.

(Museum Fur Gestaltung Zurich)

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Wolfgang Weingart M. thematic changes, Typographische Monatsblätter 1970/11, double page, letterpress printing, 31 x 46 cm, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Graphics Collection, Foto: Umberto Romito, © ZHdK
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Wolfgang Weingart M. thematic changes, Typographische Monatsblätter 1970/11, double page, letterpress printing, 31 x 46 cm, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Graphics Collection, Foto: Umberto Romito, © ZHdK

Weingart Typography
07 May 2014 – 28 September 2014
MUSEUM FÜR GESTALTUNG ZÜRICH
Halle, Galerie, Vestibül, Bibliotheksgang, Vortragssaa, 
Ausstellungsstrasse, 60
CH-8005 Zürich

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