Letters around the World

The Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing (die Basler Papiermühle. Museum für Papier, Schrift und Druck) presents a travelling exhibition of 72 artists from 36 countries featuring leporello and artist’s books made during the 2020/2021 pandemic shutdown.

The leporello is a printed work made of a long, folded strip of paper, distinguishable from a letter, flyer, brochure or leaflet.

Each work is the result of an exchange of experiences between two artists from different countries around the world who entered into a dialogue with their works and each other by post (i.e. not by app, e-mail or computer).

The exhibition shows the personal dimension, creativity and added value of ‘old-fashioned’ mail and exchange of feelings, messages and impressions. It still exists.

The works, with very different design concepts, techniques and content, are on show in Europe for the first time, following exhibitions in São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Quito. The museum exhibits them throughout the splendid permanent exhibition.