ART DIRECTION & DESIGN
THE SWAN PRINCESS / SVANEPRINSESSEN
This book was published by the Munch Museum on occasion of the exhibition The Swan Princess. Russian Art 1880–1910. By a unique collaboration with the Tretyakov Gallery, the Munch Museum has gained access to some truly iconic Russian works of art. The Swan Princess gets its name from a famous painting by Mikhail Vrubel, inspired by the tale of a young Russian princess in swan feathers. This book brings us into a world of mystique, fairy tales and folklore. Nordic depictions of national myths, legends and folktale is presented in the context of art by some of Russia's most famous artists.
Alongside works by Edvard Munch, Gerhard Munthe, Erik Werenskiold and other Nordic artists, the book features works by Russian Artists such as Yelena Polenova, Ilia Repin, Vasilij Veresjtsjagin, Aleksander Borisov and Mikhail Vrubel. The Swan Princess is looking at links between Russian and Nordic culture and art during the period 1880–1910.
This project of Russian art in a Nordic light is curated by Kari J. Brandtzæg. The exhibition and accompanying book is based on her Magister degree on the dissertation The Abramtsevo Circle an Yelena Polenova: a study of the concept of the national in Russian Art 1880–1910.
CATEGORIES: ART DIRECTION & BOOK DESIGN
CLIENT: THE MUNCH MUSEUM
Head of publication: Josephine Langbrekke
Curatorial Editor: Kari J. Brandtzæg
Editor: Nina Schjønsby
Editorial Contributor: Karen Elizabeth Lerheim
Photographic Consultant: Halvor Bjørngård
Translation: Peter Cripps
Art Direction & Design: Nina Ansten
Print: Erik Tanche Nilssen AS
Bookbinding: Bokbinderiet Johnsen
Typographic choices and layout is inspired by letterpress techniques and independent presses of the 19th century. Although a sense of history is suggested through the book design, a new more modern style is designed to draw attention to the content and to represent the museum today.