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The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2018 - Volume 10

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For the 2018 edition of the Most Beautiful Swiss Book catalog, which presents the results of the annual competition that highlights the most beautiful Swiss books, the results were published as nineteen separate issues. Each issue was printed in a limited edition of 160 copies at Neidhart + Schön. 

The conceptual approach of this year's catalog explores the relationship of an original with its reproduction. Each volume reproduces the entire content of one of the awarded books. Across the nineteen editions, the books have been standardized in print, format, and paper, and each contains a second section that reports on the competition and winners.

The result is that each volume is also a facsimile – a model of the original.

Volume 10 replicates Florence Jung, designed by Nicolas Leub and published by Edizioni Periferia.

“This publication accompanying a series of performances by Florence Jung is striking in the directness of its relationship to the work and its continuation in the book medium. Jung recruited 12 art and design students from the F+F school in Zurich for a performance series in which they were to embody roles such as ‘ambitious painter’, ‘artist with particular interest’ and ‘Bravo Girl 1’. As their employer, she negotiated detailed contracts with all the performers covering everything from payment to performance times and durations, breaks and catering. The book reproduces the 12 countersigned contracts, some with handwritten additions, recto and verso, in their original A4 format.”

With text contributions by Tan Wälchli and Joost Grootens.

Designed by Teo Schifferli

Published by Bundesamt Fur Kultur Bern

Softcover, pages variable, color and b&w, 8.25 × 11.75 inches

ISBN: 978-3-90-992852-1