Irma Boom

until September 25, 2022

The Allard Pierson Museum manages the designer archive of Irma Boom (1960). From February 1 to September 25, a selection of these can be seen in the exhibition Irma Boom: Book Manifest. Not the end product, but the design and production process are central to this hall exhibition. Her working method can be followed on the basis of preliminary stages of seven projects. In this way, five sheets of printing reveal the graphic concept of her more than 1200-page ode to artist Ellsworth Kelly. Also included are projects for architect Rem Koolhaas, textile artist Sheila Hicks, chronicler Jennifer Butler, fashion group Chanel, fashion artists Victor & Rolf and artist Martin Margiela. The finished printed works can be seen in videos.


Irma Boom. Book Manifest

In this richly illustrated mini-size 1000 page book, Graphic designer Irma Boom explores and experiments once again with the boundaries of book conventions and presents her vision on the essence of the printed book. An impressive and inspiring little masterpiece, published during the Irma Boom 2022 exhibit ‘Irma Boom. Book Manifest’ in the Allard Pierson.

A limited, signed edition is available in the Dutch Museum Giftshop & Allard Pierson Museum.

Symposium ‘Book Manifest’

On Saturday 10 September, Allard Pierson is organizing a symposium on the work of book designer Irma Boom. With three special guests with whom she made a book; architect Rem Koolhaas, artist Berend Strik and photographer Rineke Dijkstra, Irma Boom discuss the architecture book, the artist’s monograph and the photo book. Afterwards, the exhibition Irma Boom: Book Manifest can be visited in the Allard Pierson and there is a drink. The language of the symposium is English.

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