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Wim Crouwel 80
Van Abbemuseum (library), Eindhoven

Wim Crouwel 80
Van Abbemuseum (Library), Eindhoven, NL
November 18, 2008 – January 9, 2009

Statement: «To celebrate Wim Crouwel’s 80th birthday (November 21, 2008), the Van Abbemuseum and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam are looking back on the period during which, in his capacity as graphic designer, he designed catalogues, posters, invitations and the letterhead for both museums. In 1956, the then director of the Van Abbemuseum Edy de Wilde gave Crouwel an initial commission that resulted in a successful partnership that was continued at the Stedelijk Museum in 1964. Crouwel’s designs became legendary and remain a source of inspiration for young designers to this day.
As an ode to graphic designer, museum director and professor Wim Crouwel, the organisers have put together an intimate exhibition with posters and catalogues from the early years of his oeuvre. In addition to this printed matter, the exhibition also comprises a selection of correspondence and work plans, offering a glimpse behind the scenes of museum practices in the 1950s and 60s.»