Test Press is a display of student publications from the archive of designer, collector and teacher Henk Groenendijk. These publications have been produced by students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam over a period of 20 years. They have been collected as a byproduct to many years of teaching and balance on the fine line between the classroom and the world beyond education. They highlight a transition from what in the late 90s was referred to as ‘Dutch Design’, becoming more international and open, removed from an imposed national style.
The archive is made up of almost 500 publications (often unique or produced in small print runs) and illustrates a variety of methods, aesthetics and topics ranging through language, typography, and contemporary visual culture. For the exhibition Riet Wijnen (artist & curator), Lies Ros (former member of design studio Wild Plakken), Åbäke (design collective, London/Paris), Kate Banar & Orin Bristow (both recent graphic design graduates from KABK, The Hague & Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam) were invited to make selections from the archive, each offering its own, subjective view on the archive and in its own way proposing a different possibility of describing a canon. The exhibition was initiated in association with The Palace of Typographic Masonry and curated, edited and designed by Henk Groenendijk, Elisabeth Klement and Matthias Kreutzer.
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