Paju Typography Institute (PaTI) near Seoul hosted an exhibition of works by Magdalena and Artur Frankowski of the Fontarte studio. The opening of the exhibition was accompanied by a lecture and a two-day workshop on book cover design. The Frankowskis also gave a lecture and conducted a workshop at the University of Seoul.
The exhibition titled Fontarte: Design for Art opened on 11th May 2017. Selected books and posters designed by Magdalena and Artur Frankowski as well as their own projects combining art and graphic design were presented in the gallery of the PaTI Typography Institute.
In connection with the opening of the exhibition, both designers delivered a lecture for PaTI students on the cooperation with cultural institutions and conducted a two-day workshop titled Design a Cover based on books inspired by works of the Polish avant-garde artists of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Władysław Strzemiński, Henryk Berlewi, Mieczyslaw Szczuka and Teresa Żarnower. Participants of the workshop, through experimenting with the use of letters, photographs and ready-made graphic structures, sought individual graphic and typographic solutions for designing covers of catalogues and art albums.
Magdalena and Artur Frankowski also delivered a lecture titled Not Only a Poster for the students of the visual communication faculty at the University of Seoul. They discussed the history of Polish graphic design and avant-garde typography on the example of the most interesting post-war and modern posters. Moreover, they conducted workshops during which the participating students were able to design their own typographic covers.
Fontarte is currently one of the best Polish design studios. Magdalena and Artur Frankowski have worked on several art, graphic design and typography projects commissioned by both Polish and international art institutions. Fontarte has collaborated with such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Moderna Museet Malmö, the National Museum in Warsaw, 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine in Metz, DAAD Berlin, Cricoteca, the Museum of Art in Łódź, Zachęta - National Art Gallery and the individual artists: Yael Bartana, Artur Żmijewski, Christian Boltański, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Tilman Wendland and Radek Szlaga.
PaTI Paju Typography Institute is an alternative school of design located near Seoul, South Korea, founded in 2012 by the precursor of Korean typography, the artist Ahn Sang-soo. It carries out a unique educational programme rooted in local culture in cooperation with a network of national and international organisations with a similar profile.
Source: promotional materials, written by AF, translated by AW, 1 May 2017
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