The monograph “Arnold Schönberg & Jung-Wien”, written by Therese Muxeneder and published by the Arnold Schönberg Center, has been selected as an award-winner in the competition “The Best Austrian Book Design 2018”.

Organized by Austria’s Federal Chancellery and the Austrian Publishers and Booksellers Association, the competition presents a selection of books with awards for the quality of their design and production.

Arnold Schönberg & Jung-Wien

Visual design
Bohatsch und Partner

Printed and bound by
Grasl FairPrint

Author
Therese Muxeneder

Published by
Arnold Schönberg Center Private Foundation

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Submitted text
Interactions between “Jung-Wien” artists in the years 1890–1910, with analytical commentary in written and pictorial form, plus the addition of extensive footnotes and image links. Arnold Schönberg’s “multiplex” of works (music, poetry, painting, design, technology) is presented in combination with observations by contemporaries. The decision to divide the German and English texts into different sections resulted from the fragmentary nature of the content. A set of playing cards designed by Schönberg in the style of the Wiener Werkstätte delivered the starting point for the development of an individual typeface and series of numbers owing to the interconnecting aesthetics and functionality of the cards – a new look at the past. A separately designed map of Vienna shows buildings that have strong links with Schönberg, plus their locations in modern-day Vienna. The challenge faced by the design was to create a guide in an entirely different guise. (Walter Bohatsch & Therese Muxeneder)

 

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