written by Vitĕzslav Nezval
Karel Teige (1900-51)
Letterpress on paper 30.5 x 47cm
Abeceda Antiquariat, Munich
The book Abeceda (Alphabet) is a composite of experimental
poetry, modern dance, graphic design and photomontaged typography.
Based on a poem by Vitĕzslav Nezval in the order of the letters of the
Latin alphabet. Each double page features a set of quatrains facing a
sometimes abstracted letter composed of typographic elements and a
photograph of the dancer Milca Mayerova. He was not trying to
illustrate the words through images or typography, but instead to foster
a similarly poetic dialogue between text and images. The entire project
explored the relationships between verbal and visual art, industrial
technology and mass media in a new way.