Willem Sandberg

Hans Richter
Schilder, Filmer, Malt

Hans Richter “Schilder, Filmer, Malt” (SM catalogue 262) was published on the occasion of the Hans Richter exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 10 March – 10 April 1961.

This catalogue of 97 works (including paintings, collage and stills from the artists’s experimental films) dating from 1909 to 1960, features an introduction (“Hans Richter: 40 Jaar roischiolderij”) by Franz Rohe; a statement by the artist himself, reproduced in German facsimile from Richter’s handwriting; appreciations by artist Marcel Duchamp, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, artist Hans Arp and anarchist poet and literary critic Herbert Read; autobiographical chronology and additonal statement by the artist.

Designed by Willem Sandberg in red and black ink on alternating pages of thin cardboard paper, glossy paper and translucent stock.

Text in Dutch.

Hans Richter (April 6, 1888 – February 1, 1976) was a German painter, graphic artist, avant-gardist, film-experimenter and producer. A politically motivated artist, Richter contributed to the periodical Die Aktion in Berlin, was a member of the November group in Berlin and contributed to the Dutch periodical De Stijl. He was co-founder, in 1919, of the Association of Revolutionary Artists (“Artistes Radicaux”) in Zürich and was a member of the Dada movement.

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Willem Sandberg
Portrait Of An Artist

After the Second World War, Willem Sandberg (NL, 1897–1984) transformed the Amsterdam Stedelijk museum into a dynamic centre for modern and innovative art and culture. He did this with exceptional creativity and in close collaboration with artists and architects.

Sandberg had distinct ideas about heading up a museum for modern and contemporary art, about the importance of art, about dealing with artists and about his work as typographic designer, but also about social responsibility and community.This book is based on interviews with Sandberg (from 1971 and 1981) and offers first-hand insight into questions such as: what does the task of museum director entail; how does art criticism work; what is the essence of being an artist; what does the ideal museum architecture look like; and what is the role of art and the museum in society?

His involvement in setting up various museums, such as Beaubourg/Centre Pompidou testifies to his ideas. He also discusses his experiences in the resistance during the Second World War and his unique personal life style. Many of Sandberg’s ideas about these issues are still intriguing and provocative. They can give new impulse to the ongoing discussion and place it into an historical perspective.

In addition, a striking picture is drawn of the period with fascinating stories about artists such as Piet Mondrian, Picasso and Alexander Calder, and architects such as Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. Sandberg’s cosmopolitan spirit and his many foreign contacts made him into an internationally renowned pivotal figure in culture.

Thanks to this English translation of the revised text, plus photographic material and typographic work by Sandberg, a broad international public can now get to know those ideas which have still not lost any of their significance and relevance.

Graphic Design: Rutger de Vries/Werkplaats Typografie
supported by: Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Sandberg Institute

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