Have You Ever Kissed a Book?
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2015 in London

1st December 2016 – 14 January 2017
Open on weekdays, from 9am – 6pm
Umlaut space, 53 Fashion Street, London E1 6PX

Opening party
1 December, 6.30–8.30pm


Have You Ever Kissed A Book? an evening of talks
8 December, 7–9pm

The Library at Istituto Marangoni
30 Fashion Street, London E1 6PX

The event is now sold-out, for info please contact rsvp@mathiasclottu.com

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition was established to promote and reward finest book design in Switzerland, at the behest of the famous typographer and designer Jan Tschichold in 1943.

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture organises the competition on an annual basis. Its purpose is to recognise excellence in the field of book design and production, as well as drawing attention to the array of remarkable and contemporary books by Swiss designers, printers and publishers. The five-person jury, chaired for the first time by Gilles Gavillet, assessed the submissions and selected 18 titles as The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2015.

This year, the exhibition and talks are organised in London by designer Mathias Clottu, with an installation collaboratively created with London-based architects Nicholas Lobo Brennan and Astrid Smitham.

An evening of informal conversations will take place at the Library of the Istituto Marangoni. Artists, publishers and designers will discuss three awarded books in light of the question posed to the jury: ‘Have You Ever Kissed A Book?’

Artist Christian Marclay and designer Laurent Benner, will present their new book ‘Liquids’, published by White Cube. Curator Jenny Jaskey and designer John Morgan will be speaking about ‘Pierre’s’, the first issue of a series of magazines made collaboratively with Pierre Huyghe for The Artists’ Institute, New York. The second issue of the magazine, ‘Carolee’s’, with Carolee Schneemann, will be presented at the event. Writer Annebella Pollen and designer Roland Brauchli will talk about their collaboration with Conor Donlon and the making of ‘The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians’, published by Donlon Books. The conversations will be moderated by Nicole Udry, coordinator of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition for the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

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