Symphony for a Beloved Sun

— Philippin & Billy Kiosoglou

Grand Prix


Symphony for a Beloved Sun

Symphony for a Beloved Sun is an artist monograph published on the occasion of Anish Kapoor’s first major solo exhibition in Berlin, Germany. Bringing modern artworks into the classical environment of the Martin-Gropius-Bau (a structure built in 1881) would create contrast and tension. The book does the same. The classical proportions, the grid, type treatment, Stempel Garamond typeface, and red thread are all contrasted with modern elements: photographs of the artwork itself which defy the grid stretching across two pages to occupy the space they need (and remind the reader of the artworks’ scale), large type dividers which visually exploit the typeface, and a single ‘bloody’ red edge to the book. The central work of the exhibition (Symphony for a Beloved Sun) consisted of large conveyor belts dropping blocks of red wax from a height onto the museum floor, a brutal and bloody business. Brighten the Corners collaborated with Anish Kapoor Studio on the cover artwork which was stained with red oil paint, a mark that was allowed to seep into the first pages of the book and essay section.

Philippin &  Billy Kiosoglou

Brighten the Corners is Frank Philippin (right)  and Billy Kiosoglou (left). A German and a Greek, they met in 1995 during their studies at Camberwell College of Arts in London (UK) and collaborated on several projects before going on to complete MAs at the Royal College of Art. Today they work from their studios in the UK (London) and Germany (near Darmstadt/Frankfurt) where Frank also teaches Graphic Design at Hochschule Darmstadt. Past and present clients include the Goethe-Institut, Frieze Publishing, British Council, Department for Education, Italian Cultural Institute, Laurence King, Bolles + Wilson Architects, and most recently, the artist Anish Kapoor. Their work has been published in numerous books worldwide and has won many awards including Gold at ADC New York, Gold at ADC Germany and Gold at D&AD UK. Last year they wrote, edited and designed their first own book ‘I used to be a design student’ which was published by Laurence King in the UK.