book design
design by Anne-Marie Geurink and Annelou van Griensven

Kunst en de zin van het bestaan

Bookdesign for Onno Zijlstra and ArtEZ Press, Art and the meaning of our existence

Onno Zijlstra

ArtEZ Press

A book entirely built from the desire for unity. A purple PMS color, which plays throughout the book, with positive and negative 'afterimages'. It was a joy to collaborate with Onno. He gave us the possibility and freedom to design this outspoken and modest philosophy book. A cover with glitter, full spreads with large images, but also bold soft afterimages.

ArtEZ press:
We humans reflect on the meaning of our precarious existence. Art is inextricably linked to this. The question of how art can help us to think about the meaning of our lives only becomes more urgent in today’s uncertain times.

In this book, Onno Zijlstra encourages in word and also much image in an inspiring way the conversation about the question of meaning in connection with thinking about art. To this end, he highlights six thinkers who have incisively addressed the question of meaning in modern times and who have emphatically involved art in their reflections: Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Wittgenstein. Within a shared tradition, they have widely divergent visions. In this way they give our thinking something to hold on to and space to play at the same time.

About Onno Zijlstra

Onno Zijlstra (1949) is a philosopher and taught philosophy at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Zwolle. He has published on art, perception and aesthetics, including Language, Image and Silence. Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein on Ethics and Aesthetics (2006), Wat doet die rode vlek daar linksboven?, Inleiding in de esthetica (2007) and en Verbeelding. Over waarneming en kunst (2020).

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