Client: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Project: Art publication (Kerber Verlag) accompanying the Helene Schjerfbeck exhibition at Schirn Kunsthalle
Helene Schjerfbeck (b. 1862) is one of Finlands most famous artists. In this exhibition, curated by Carolin Köchling, the emphasis was Schjerfbecks way of working with surfaces and using different kinds of images as ”models”. The images she copied came partly from fashion magazines of the early 1920s. Inspired by the way she 'created images out of images' we wanted to make a tribute to this theme. We used one of her paintings to make a 'new' image. We also wanted to make an image representing her self-confidence as a woman in the male-dominated art world. The cover image is screen printed on a shimmery grey (reminiscent of the original painting). We chose a soft magazine format, altering Garda Gloss for the text pages and Garda Phat natural toned for the plate sections. Inside a five colour printing with red as an accent colour. Schjerfbeck often used accent colours herself.