As part of the programming of the exhibition "El-Touni /A Design Retrospective"
Dr. Yasmine Taan, Chair of the Department of Design at the Lebanese American University in Beirut and author of Hilmi el-Tuni, Evoking Popular Arab Culture, will give a talk followed by a discussion with the founding creative director of the Khatt Foundation, Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares.
12:00pm Dr. Yasmine Taan Hilmi el-Tuni, Evoking Popular Arab Culture
12:30pm Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares, Khatt Books
1:00pm Helmi el-Touni & Mustafa el-Razzaz, Artist Talk
2:00pm Helmi el-Touni: Book Signing
About the book
Hilmi Al-Tuni is Egyptian and one of the Arab World's most prominent and proficient illustrator and book designer. He has formed with his ubiquitous work the visual sensitivities of generations of Arab children and adults alike. He was socially motivated and believed in bringing art to the average person though design. He strove to develop a true Arab style of illustration, marrying old lettering styles, Islamic and pre-Islamic symbolism, popular culture, and a modernist style of painting. He has worked in editorial design for more than 50 years, illustrated and designed several popular magazines and many book covers for Al-Hilal publishers (Cairo), the visual identity and books for the Arab Institute for Research and Publishing (Beirut), Children's books for Dar al-Fata al-Arabi and Dar al-Shorouk children's books (Beirut and Cairo), and several other major Arab publishers. The breadth and variety of his work is presented and discussed in this highly illustrated monograph, beginning with an intimate interview with the artist/designer.
About the Arabic Design Library
Progress is built upon the achievements of predecessors. The Arabic Design Library series focuses on inspiring design achievements from the Middle East and North Africa. It aims to highlight the work of prominent Arab typographers, graphic designers and illustrators. With this series of concise monographs, Khatt Books strives to establish a visual record of Arab design history of the 20th century, and pave the way for critical writing, by Arab authors, on design from the region.
Hilmi Al-Tuni, Evoking Popular Arab Culture
Illustration, Lettering, Book Design
Author: Yasmine Nachabe Taan
Publisher: Khatt Books, Amsterdam
Series: Arabic Design Library 1
176 p, ills colour, 17 x 24 cm, Hardback, English, Arabic
Available on www.khattbooks.com