Across the Border
Catalogue for the exhibition of Filippo Minelli
at Spazio Leonardo’s Gallery, Milan.
Across the Border
Catalogue for the exhibition of Filippo Minelli at Spazio Leonardo’s Gallery, Milan.
filippo minelli across the border
Across the Border
Catalogue, 23.5×16.5 cm
36 pages

2019 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across the border
The title offers a graphic interpretation of its own meaning
by literally going across the
border of the cover.

Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across the border
Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
graphic design grid
The typographic modular grid
with two textures that has been designed for the catalogue.

2019 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
The exhibition

Across the Border is a research project about participatory models that brought the artist Filippo Minelli to travel for ten years, establishing a network of performers and producing a series of flags of which the latest have been made for the Manifesta 12 art biennale.

The catalogue of the exhibition is the fourth among the catalogues designed since 2018 for the shows curated by the gallery UNA for Milan’s Spazio Leonardo.
filippo minelli across border
2019 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across border
2019 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across border
2019 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across border
2019 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
The layout

The layout arrangement has been entirely redesigned in order to enjoy stronger dynamism, at the same time keeping a clear consistency with previous catalogues.

The typographic modular grid, in particular, has been redesigned, changing from 10 to 11 rows and from 6 to 5 columns, also featuring a double matrix scheme that allows to multiply the columns if necessary.

In this way, it was possible to produce a more dynamic composition of the pages, at the same time respecting the original proportions of the photographs.
filippo minelli across the border
Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across the border
Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
 Flags, made by performers from around the world, become a tool for connecting histories, people, and places rather than defining nations and their populations.
From the catalogue’s foreword
The cover design

The cover of the catalogue offers a graphic interpretation of the title by literally going across the border.

The title, positioned across the front and back cover, communicates its own meaning in a very essential way, enhancing both the three-dimensions of the book and the conceptual quality of the artworks.

While by placing the name of the artist right at the center of the cover, close to the right edge, it was possible to create two directional axes that increase the spatial dimension of the cover.
filippo minelli across border
2019 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across border
2019 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across border
2019 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across border
2019 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
The title

The title, printed across the spine, is covered with a gloss finishing that makes it stronger and reinforces its presence on the cover, so that is possible to feel the title without opening your eyes, but simply holding the book in your hands.

To avoid cracks in the finishing, there is a very thin section right on the middle of the spine that has been left without finishing. In this way, the cover becomes the stage of an invisible but sophisticated printing solution.

While on the inside cover, there is the reproduction of a magnified detail of a flag, that reveals the aesthetic and material quality of the artworks exhibited in the show.
filippo minelli across the border
Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across the border
Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
filippo minelli across the border
Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
The essential concept

IBy offering an interpretation of the art project that is essential in its graphic expression but strong in concept, the catalogue revealed itself to be an integral part of the exhibition receiving many appreciations from both artists and designers.

Client
Spazio Leonardo, Milan

Coordination
UNA, Piacenza

Design
Nicola-Matteo Munari

Assistant
Cecilia Martinez

Year
2019