ICA presents talks inspired by The Themersons

The Institute of Contemporary Art will present a day of talks to support its new exhibition The Themersons & Gaberbocchus Press

Page from Semantic Divertissements by Themerson & Themerson, Gaberboccus Press, 1962
The Themosons

Franciszka and Stefan Themerson set up the Gaberbocchus Press in 1948 as an avant garde publishing outlet, and produced 60 titles over the following 30 years, noted for their design – and dubbed ‘best lookers’ rather then ‘best sellers’ by Stefan Themerson.

The Themersons: 1 Day Before Yesterday – 1 Day After Tomorrow is a series of talks and screenings inspired by The Themersons looking at independent publishing, novels, children’s books, film, art, typography, language and poetry.

The bill includes a presentation by Robin Kinross, founder of Hyphen Press, entitled Stefan Themerson, Anthony Froshang and Typography,  which looks at collaborations on novels and poems between the pair and Froshang’s influence in typography.

Artist and writer Nick Wadley will give the talk Stefan Themerson Picturing Ideas and film maker and academic Barnaby Dicker will present Reflecting on Franciszka Themerson’s Ubu Comic Strip which explores her graphic technique.

The Thermersons: 1 Day Before Yesterday – 1 Day After Tomorrow, will be held on the 18 February at the ICA, The Mall, London, SW1. The Themersons & Gaberbocchus Press exhibition runs from 25 January – 25 March 2012.

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