January 14, 2pm we open our door to feature the Great War sketches from the famous German typographer Rudolf Koch.
It is the first time that theses sketches are shown outside Germany. We have the German consulate as guests and there will be sausages and pretzels provided by Arctic Meats.
January 14, 2pm the Port Moody Station Museum is holding the exhibition opening for Rudolf Koch As he Saw it. The museum is proud to have arranged the first first North America showing of the Great War sketches from the famous German typographer R Koch. For the first time ever the museum will exhibit 40 drawings; which Koch created in the trenches of the Great War.
By 1914 Rudolf Koch had already established his reputation as a typographer, working for the Klingspor type foundry. Feeling the pull of the war and the need to support his country, Koch
went to war at the age of 40.
In his own words he felt it was wrong to draw while his comrades were fighting, hence all his drawings were made behind the lines and did not depict fighting.
Koch who was very religious; felt a sense of fraternal responsibility because of this, he was
alway concerned with the role of humanity in our everyday lives. His art conveys and reflects
upon the life of the average soldier, no matter which side they served on. The observer sees
detailed studies of soldiers picking fleas out of their uniform tunics, delighting in the delivery of
food or returning from the work on a trench.
Koch is very much a craftsman; he used the War to also create botanical drawings, which
would later find its way into his botanical books. Koch ever open to creativity, appreciated the well constructed Russian defence systems; rather than seeing them only as an enemy, he acknowledged a broader perception.
After the war Koch set up the Offenbach workshop; a group dedicated to the promotion of art and craftsmanship. Koch carved the metal blocks directly to create his typeface Neuland. Among the many books he produced; his two very important works were on Signs and Christian Signs.
Koch studied signs as an important form of communication, he looks at signs ranging from
ancient runes, to astronomical and religious signs.
The opening of this premiere of never before shown sketches is interesting for artists and
enthusiasts who delight in fine drawings and the conversations that arise from the interaction.The sketches are on loan from the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach. A museum dedicated to typography and book design; as such these drawings are interesting to any designer who is curious or looking into the genius of Koch; who created many typefaces and was an expert calligrapher.
Koch’s amazing collection of signs; as per his wishes, were intended to be free of copyright and a source of inspiration for other designers. In this spirit of creative brotherhood; ARION Press in San Francisco and P22 Type Foundry in Buffalo, USA have allowed the museum to reproduce some of the exquisite materials.
Please join us for the opening and come and enjoy the food donated by Arctic Meats in Port
Coquitlam. Printing services were subsidized by Alliance Printing in Coquitlam.
RSVP and queries can be sent to:
Markus Fahrner museum coordinator
2734 Murray St
Port Moody BC V3H 1X2
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