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Slovak Typography goes on tour


THE SLOVAK Design Centre has prepared for Slovak institutions abroad a travelling exhibition called Slovak Typography, which presents works by graphic designers from the 1970s and 1980s selected by Ľubomír Longauer. The exhibition's first stop was Vienna, where it opened on November 14.

The exhibition features works by 28 prominent Slovak artists from two generations, all of whom started to create during Normalisation, the repressive period that followed the suppression of the Prague Spring. The exhibition also includes some of the artists' current works.

On display are posters, book covers, and graphic works that use elements of typography by Rudolf Sikora, Peter Roller, Dušan Kállay, Viktor Hulík, and many others.

After Vienna, the exhibition continues on to Warsaw, where it will open in mid January.

Longauer first presented the results of his long-term research of graphic design in 2005 at an exhibition called Slovak Typography in the 20th Century: Part One 1918-1970. In 2006, he continued his study with an exhibition of works by the above two generations of graphic artists at the Triennial of Posters in Trnava.



Slovakia at Stuttgart book weeks


SLOVAKIA is set to make a big impact at the 57th Stuttgart Book Weeks, which opened on November 14 with Slovak Ambassador to Germany Ivan Korčok in attendance, the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry informed The Slovak Spectator.

German book lovers will have until December 9 to learn about Slovak literature through meetings with Slovak writers Michal Hvorecký, Peter Pišťanek, Mária Bátorová, and access to 600 Slovak books.

The book weeks will also include Literary Circus, a chance to meet with publisher Koloman Kertész Bagala, writers Daniela Kapitáňová, Tomáš Janovic, Kornel Földvári, and singer Pavel Hammel.

Two photo exhibitions by Karol Kállay and Peter Prochádzka - "Slovakia - the Country and Culture" and "Literary Life in Slovakia" - are part of the event as well.

The book weeks are co-organised by the Centre for Information on Literature, the Slovak Institute in Berlin, the Slovak Tourism Agency in Berlin, and the Honorary Consulate in Stuttgart.


By Jana Liptáková

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