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The272th Helvetica Forever: Story of a Typeface

February 05, 2009 - February 28, 2009

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Even today, a half-century after its inception, Helvetica continues to maintain its popularity as the best-known European typeface. This exhibition focuses on how this attractive font, which has swept the global market, is used in an astounding diversity of contexts, from familiar shop signs to the communications mainstay of global corporations. Works and documents from different eras that incorporate Helvetica will be on display, including about 30 posters by graphic designers from Japan and many other countries, as well as numerous goods. Three curators describe its appeal and track record: Lars M?ller of Lars M?ller Publishers; Victor Malsy of the Fachhochschule D?sseldorf / University of Applied Sciences, the acknowledged expert in Helvetica research; and Philip Teufel. In conjunction with this exhibition, a Japanese edition of Helvetica Forever, co-authored by M?ller, Malsy, and Teufel, is scheduled to be published by BNN, Inc. gHelvetica Forever: Story of a Typefaceh introduces the world of a typeface simultaneously classic and avant-garde.