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Een actuele discussie - Wim Crouwel vs Jan van Toorn

Start date: 02-11-2008
End date: 02-11-2008
Start time: 13:30
End time: 17:00
Country: The Netherlands
City: Amsterdam
Location: Felix Meritis


Wim Crouwel and Jan van Toorn, and others will speak at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam on 2 November in commemoration of their historic 1972 debate.

By Editor / 28-10-2008

Let the battle begin...again.

In 1972, graphic designers Wim Crouwel, who turns 80 this November, and Jan van Toorn debated their ideas and beliefs before an audience at Amsterdam’s Museum Fodor. On 2 November, in commemoration of that now-historic night, the pair will converse before an audience once more.

The afternoon will open with a talk by Professor Gerard Rooijakkers about graphic design in everyday life. Rooijakkers is a researcher at the Meertens Instituut, a professor at the University of Amsterdam, editor of the magazine cULTUUR and a member of the Netherlands Council for Culture. Titus Yocarini, Jeroen van Erp and Mieke Gerritzen will also discuss the role of designing in the present day. Chris Vermaas will facilitate as Crouwel and Van Toorn look back on their 1972 Fodor debate. The afternoon will end with the presentation of a new book about it.

Dingenus van de Vrie recently unearthed a tape of the 1972 debate made by Titus Yocarini, then director of the professional association Grafisch Vormgevers Nederland. The find moved [Z]OO Producties to publish a book on the debate, 'Crouwel–Van Toorn. Het debat', by Frederike Huygen and Van de Vrie. A book presentation will follow the discussion and each attendee will receive a copy. The book, designed by Office of CC, was made possible in part by Lecturis, paper distributor Proost en Brandt and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

The debate is organised by the Premsela Foundation. Registrations are advised to be made in advance so please see the Premsela Foundation's website for more details.

Also in further celebration of Wim Crouwel's 80th birthday and also the 20th birthday of the Amsterdam arts bookshop Nijhof & Lee, an exhibiton of 100 of Crouwel's works is currently being held at VIVID Gallery in Rotterdam from October 11 - November 23, 2008.

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