Crouwel Exhibition dedicated to the late Frank Nijhof
Wim Crouwel, VIVID exhibition Wim Crouwel Fonts, 2002 To celebrate the 80th birthday of Wim Crouwel and 20 years of Nijhof & LeeVIVID Gallery in Rotterdam organizes the exhibition 80 20 100. 100 works by Crouwel will be on display. For this VIVID gallery made a selection out of the superb Crouwel collection of Frank Nijhof and Warren Lee. A fully illustrated catalogue designed by David Quay will accompany by the exhibition. More on the 80 20 100 exhibition on The FontFeed.
The exhibition is dedicated to Frank Nijhof who passed away September 3rd. Nijhof and Warren Lee had been planning this exposition and catalogue to celebrate Crouwel’s birthday and to link that to the 20th anniversary of the opening of their bookstore. That plan had been made all the more poignant with the passing of Nijhof; therefore, in his memory, the exposition and the catalogue have been realized.
Frank Nijhof | photograph by Renée Nijhof Together with his partner in life and business Warren Lee, Nijhof was owner of the Nijhof & Lee book store in Amsterdam. Nijhof had been struggling with illness for the past year. Although his passing came as no surprise to the people close to him, his family, numerous friends and acquaintances in the book industry, it still was a huge shock. Fate had it that his obituary notice in the Volkskrant appeared in the literature supplement Cicero. This made many smile, as Nijhof hails from a family of book sellers.
Frank Nijhof was born in 1948, upstairs his grandfather’s book store in Zutphen. When Nijhof was twelve years old his father opened his own book store, also in Zutphen. Frank Nijhof himself started his career as a book seller, aged 19, at Klompé in Arnhem. Via Kloosterman in Nijmegen and De Bijenkorf in Den Haag he landed in 1972 at book store Robert Premsela in Amsterdam, where he was employed for seventeen years, the last five as manager. From 1980 to 1984 he also was member of the Board of Elspeet Conferenties.
At the celebration of his sixtieth birthday Frank Nijhof was awarded the Golden Pin by the Royal Society for the Book Trade for his 40+ year career as book seller. His friends decided at this occasion to bring into existence the Frank Nijhof Prize, an award for the most promising book seller in The Netherlands. The first recipient of the Prize is Frank Muehl, who has been employed at Nijhof & Lee for almost a year. Next year Muehl must hand over the Prize to another promising book seller.
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of 80 20 100 on Saturday, October 11th, at VIVID Gallery in Rotterdam. The exposition runs through November 23rd. The printed catalogue contains 100 designs by Wim Crouwel and an essay by his long time friend and colleague Ben Bos. It has been designed by David Quay and is available at the exposition, in the Nijhof & Lee shop or through their website. A price list is available separately.
VIVID Gallery William Boothlaan 17a NL-3012 VH Rotterdam The Netherlands +31  10 4136321 Opening hours | Tuesday – Sunday, 12 am – 6 pm
09.10.2008 - 10.02.55
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