07 September 2018


Albert Kapr 100

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Leipzig

– 30 December 2018



On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig presents objects from the estate of the influential typographer Albert Kapr, who died in 1995.


Kapr is considered one of the most important typographers of the 20th century and was also a lecturer, rector, historian, and author. During his time at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB) Kapr had a significant influence on the history of typography in Leipzig: he contributed to improving the script taught in schools, was involved in offering national and international book art competitions, and assisted in the preparation of new work on typescripts following the Second World War. He helped to launch his students’ careers, some of whom, such as Volker Küster and Heinz Schumann, went on to become well-known typographers. Kapr himself designed around 200 books, including “Totentanz von Basel”, which comprehensively showcases his abilities as a typographer and typesetter. Kapr also penned several significant works on German typefaces and book art, calligraphy in the GDR, and Johannes Gutenberg, on whose history he worked intensively. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with students of the HGB, who studied Kapr’s text “The Art of Buying Books” and will present their personal selection of books.


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