Irma Boom’s books,

In the last session we will see a selection of books designed by Irma Boom, one of the most renowned graphic designers of the moment. We will be able to take a journey from her first designs in the 1980s to recent examples, taking as a guiding thread the third edition of the retrospective miniature catalogue that she herself periodically updates.

Irma Boom’s work is a tribute to the history and present day of the book, a celebration of its powerful presence as an object and a testimony to its survival in times of electronic publications.

The book has been the medium and the message of the diverse movements in the arts during the last century. The book, with its emphatic material presence, takes on a special value now that we are witnessing its dematerialization, reduced to digital data in electronic format.

Over the Bookworm sessions we will explore several iconic books that capture the spirit of the era in which they were designed. We will place the books in their context and try to define what makes them relevant in the history of 20th century book design. The Bookworm sessions are guided by Andreu Jansà, librarian and curator of the Enric Bricall Reserve Fund.

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