A visit to Carnuda’s Tipoteca Italiana, in the province of Treviso, is a journey in a world of symbols, signs and tools that were created to give substance to human thoughts. Here, punches and typographic machines tell the story of six centuries of incessant efforts to communicate and serve beauty, with the aid of both mechanical devices and great imagination.
“Making a book is a craft, like making a clock”, Jean de La Bruyère wrote in his “Les caractères”. And although the French moralist actually referred to authors’ endeavors, his aphorism seems perfectly suitable for the work of printmakers and graphic designers.
Founded in 1995 by the owners of Grafiche Antiga, the Tipoteca Italiana Foundation is located within a recently renovated XIX-century building, which used to house the textile factory Canapificio Veneto. Spreading out on over two thousand square meters, the foundation pursues the goal of showcasing the history of Italian graphic culture, from the Industrial Revolution to the present.
From the archive and museum to the print shop, workshop, and library: everything here has been set up with the precise objective of documenting the work – and the ingenuity – of designers, typographers and printers from all of Italy. All of this makes Tipoteca Italiana a place where one can truly enjoy the art of making thoughts and words tangible and beautiful.