Silver Medal Austria

Stella Rollig, Sabine Fellner
Die Kraft des Alters / Aging Pride

Design: Willi Schmid
Printer: Gugler, Melk
Publisher: Verlag für moderne Kunst, Belvedere, Vienna
ISBN: 978-3-903228-23-8

The jacket of this exhibition catalogue displays an old lady — a prominent figure in New York’s art scene — posing in a statuary profile. The half length portrait glows in shades of copper against the dark, warm background. You can imagine her extravagant silk suit rustling when she moves. She wears the hat like a crown. The two blue lines of the title read in opposite directions, positioned in front of and behind her to effectively underline the area of her face and body from the side, with their aura of self-assurance. Essays and picture sections alternate on sturdy natural paper. The details were not a self-evident solution, however: firstly, the different lengths of the German and English texts had to be counterbalanced. That doesn’t seem to be particularly problematic here, though. The dark-blue English text is discreetly but sufficiently different from the black German. The comments are written in the margin column, oriented towards the spine. Their numbering begins with the same deep indents that also structure the columns of main text, flush with the page numbering that is also shifted inwards. This creates several vertical lines in the type area, which are used to align the pictures on those pages. By the end of the book, the paper has changed colour almost imperceptibly and has adopted the yellow shade of the endpaper at the front and back. This gradual yellowing lends the book a vividness that subtly reflects its topic: Aging pride.

Silver MedalThe Netherlands

Elias van der Plicht (Anne Frank Stichting)
Anne Frank House

Design: Irma Boom Office (Irma Boom, Eva van Bemmelen)
Printer: Lenoirschuring, Amsterdam
Publisher: Anne Frank Stichting, Amsterdam
ISBN: 9789086670826 (English), 9789086670819 (Dutch), 9789086670833 (German), 9789086670840 (French), 9789086670857 (Spanish), 9789086670864 (Italian), 9789086670871 (Portuguese), 9789086670888 (Hebrew)

A jacket that actually looks quite normal is wrapped around this catalogue in an entirely unfamiliar way: the flaps are not folded inward — they are folded out instead. For two years the Frank family lived with friends in a hideout in Amsterdam. As German Jews, they went into hiding at the rear of their offices in an attempt to escape persecution by the National Socialists because leaving the Netherlands safely seemed impossible. The family was betrayed and then arrested on 4 August 1944; deportation to concentration camps followed. Only father Otto survived the Holocaust. A bookcase blocked the opening to the hideout in the labyrinthine building complex. A picture of this bookcase is displayed on the cover: instead of taking you inside the book, turning over the cover takes you to a dead end — the inside of the flap. You look straight at the wall of a room whose wallpaper was decorated with photos by daughter Anne. This special book design feature allows the paradoxically reversed cover to be seen as an allegory of the extremely precarious housing situation. The inside concept with its extensive collection of images, documents and texts seems to confirm this: all double pages are designed as fold-out pages with double gate fold. The book can be leafed through normally; then you fold out the concealed inner pages to reveal mini-panoramas that appear like insights into the hideout. Anne Frank wrote her now famous diary here.