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Exhibition Design Week 2010

In the 1950s and 1960s a group of talented and innovative Dutch designers moved to Ireland to live and work. The ‘Dutch School’ as it came to be known included Guus Melai, Jan de Fouw, Bert van Embden, Willem van Velzen, Gerrit van Gelderen, Piet Sluis and Cor Klaasen, amongst others. Over the following decades they transformed Irish graphic design. 

Cor Klaasen was one of the most talented and prolific of the designers in this group, becoming one of the leading book cover designers working in Ireland in the sixties and seventies and his semi-abstract style retains its freshness and vitality to this day. 

An exhibition of Cor's work from the sixties and seventies will be held during Design Week 2010. It will introduce the work of this groundbreaking designer to a new audience and create an appreciation for quality Irish design from the period. The exhibition will also highlight the influence of Dutch design education and thinking on Irish graphic design.

The exhibition will consist of book covers and record sleeves from the sixties and seventies including numerous covers for Gill & Macmillan, Fallons, Helicon, Torc and the Talbot Press as well as a series of striking record covers designed for the Mercier Press.


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