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Walter Nikkels

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  • A wide-ranging overview of an emblematic designer
  • On typography and its traditions, the representation of art, the meaning of museum architecture and the communicative value of design
  • Award Dutch Best Book Designs 2013

Authors: Walter Nikkels, Wigger Bierma, Enrico Bravi, Wouter Davidts, Meghan Ferrill, Rudi Fuchs, Suzanna Héman, Neil Holt, Frits Scholten, Elly Stegeman
Design: Wigger Bierman, Ana Laura Campos

2013, Valiz with Tropen | supported by Fonds BKVB/Mondriaan Fund, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Harten Fonds, Gemeente Dordrecht, Stichting Stokroos and Kunststiftung Nordrhein Westfalen | bound hardback | 528 blz. | 27,3 x 20,5 cm (h x w) | Dutch, English, German | ISBN 978-90-78088-54-7


  • Read here the review on Walter Nikkels in de Volkskrant (September 2013)

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This monumental monograph on the work of Dutch typographer Walter Nikkels (1940) offers insight into his versatile oeuvre; his method, mentality, sources of inspiration, specific role and position, and the interaction with international artists and art institutes.
Nikkels has designed and edited numerous books and catalogues for museums and institutes both in the Netherlands and abroad (among others the Van Abbemuseum and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), as well as bank notes, stamps, posters, and much more. He has also designed and installed a number of major exhibitions, including the documenta 7 in Kassel (1982), Bilderstreit in Cologne (1989) and the Van Gogh exhibition in the Kröller-Müller Museum (2003). He was also responsible for the new interior design and architecture of the Museum Kurhaus Kleve (1997, 2012 expansion).
From 1985 to 2008, Nikkels was professor of Typography at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. For his oeuvre he received the H.N. Werkmanprijs Prize and the Charles Nypels Prize.