Typographica is the first exhibition of the eponymous graphic design journal. Groundbreaking when first published in 1949 and now considered legendary, Typographica showcased the very best in worldwide visual arts. The journal was founded by a 25 year-old Herbert Spencer, who went on to become one of the most influential British communication designers and typographers. Typographica's pioneering content included concrete poetry, avant-garde type experiments and photo-documentary, all highlighting Spencer's ability to fuse images and words in meaningful new relationships, and featured the work of, among many others, Dieter Rot, Robert Brownjohn and Alexander Rodchenko. The exhibition is curated by Rick Poynor, founder of Eye magazine and author of the book Typographica, published in 2002 by Princeton University Press. The exhibition launched at London's Kemistry Gallery as part of September's London Design Festival and is being brought to India for the first time by W+K Exp.
Alongside the Typographica show, W+K Exp celebrates India's own groundbreaking testament to the power of the word made type, Seminar magazine. Celebrated over its 50 years for bringing "opposing viewpoints within the covers of a single magazine", this exhibition focuses on the magazine's unequivocal support of typography. Unheard of in the publishing world, Seminar has appeared every month since its inception with a purely typographic cover. Curated by its current designer, Akila Seshasayee, and publisher, Malvika Singh, the exhibition will present the best covers from 50 years of the magazine as well as selected spreads.
While the exhibition will appeal to hardcore type lovers and graphic designers, it will also serve as a valuable introduction to very high quality graphic design for those who know little about the form.
Digital prints from both exhibitions will be for sale.