Moskau Grotesk

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What is the Moskau Grotesk font?

The design of the typeface Moskau Grotesk is based on the signage created for the Café Moskau in Berlin by the graphic artist Klaus Wittkugel in the beginning of the 1960s. More…
The Café Moskau, across from the Kino International on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin Mitte was one of the prestige edifices of the former DDR (German Democratic Republic). Built in the early 1960s, it advanced over the years and changing social developments to a trademark building of the capital. The lettering display on the roof was created by the graphic artist Klaus Wittkugel (October 17, 1910 – September 19, 1985). He had been Professor at the School for Applied Arts in Berlin, and, in addition to the creation of many posters, book covers and postage stamps, he was responsible for the signage of the Kino International as well as for the complete graphic treatment for the Palace of the Republik.
The signage for the Café Moskau with the words »RESTAURANT«, »CAFÉ«, »KONZERT« and »MOCKBA« set in capital letters, becomes the basis for the Moskau Grotesk which was developed by Björn Gogalla in 2013. This face should not be seen as an imitation. A few shortcomings were »fixed«. In favor of maintaining the core characteristics some unique features were, however, not relinquished. Lower case letters and the missing capital letters were designed from scratch. It is not surprising that the plain, unassuming geometrical direction of the basic character style forms a bridge to the architecture of the 1960s. Inspired by the then favored, diverse possibilities inherent in the architectural example and wall reliefs, two complementary pattern fonts emerged.

Moskau Grotesk Font families

The Moskau Grotesk includes the following font families:

  • Moskau Grotesk Extra Light
  • Moskau Grotesk Extra Light Italic
  • Moskau Grotesk Thin
  • Moskau Grotesk Thin Italic
  • Moskau Grotesk Light
  • Moskau Grotesk Light Italic
  • Moskau Grotesk
  • Moskau Grotesk Italic
  • Moskau Grotesk Medium
  • Moskau Grotesk Medium Italic
  • Moskau Grotesk Bold
  • Moskau Grotesk Bold Italic
  • Moskau Grotesk ExtraBold
  • Moskau Grotesk ExtraBold Italic

Moskau Grotesk Preview

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Is Moskau Grotesk A free font? Is Moskau Grotesk Free to Download?

No,Moskau Grotesk is not free to download. You will need to pay for it I'm afraid. Almost every font that we list on is a paid-for, premium font. We do have a Free Fonts section where we list free fonts that you can download. There is no point trying to find a free download of Moskau Grotesk so please don't waste your time looking.

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