The founding of the Republic of Czechoslovakia in 1918 also led to a cultural renaissance in the region, with a desire to create a distinctive Czech culture spurring decades of artistic experimentation and creativity.
When searching for a book to give his five-year-old son in 1945, Italian artist Bruno Munari was frustrated by the standard fairytale narratives and structured plots available.
It’s strange to picture Andy Warhol curled up with a novel, but the eccentric pop artist “lived and breathed” books, according to Warhol by the Book, the first US museum exhibition to explore the literary side of his practice.
Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s latest book, 1Q84, has become a blockbuster hit in the author’s native country, but the English edition is still forthcoming. As a preview, Knopf has released images of the book’s cover, by famous graphic designer Chip Kidd. Using transparent vellum as a jacket, the cover represents the book’s engagement with alternate realities.