Exhibition Zentrum | 21.05.2011 - 14.08.2011

POETRY GOES ART & vice versa

The Emergence and International Development of Concrete and Visual Poetry from the 1950s Onwards
Working with language as a material unites artists from Latin America to Eastern Europe and from North America to Asia. As the first global literary and art movement based on aesthetic principles, concrete and visual poetry is about artists crossing the boundaries between text, image and music. The period from the 1950s onwards saw the formation of this artistic and literary trend in which, instead of merely “describing” things, the language, as a material, is self-sufficient. Here the public is confronted with the play of words and letters, the interrelationships between sound and form. One-word poems, ideograms, dialect poems, collages and objects based on writing are only some of the forms that have been created in this context.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 07.09.2011 - 25.09.2011

Highlights from twenty years

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Weserburg museum, the Research Centre for Artists' Publications will show a retrospective review of the exhibitions from the last two decades, through a selection of works. A cross-section of its extensive exhibition programme reflects the unparalleled richness of the Research Centre’s collections – from artists’ postage stamps to books-as-objects, from artists’ discs (“Vinyl“) to artists’ postcards (“Art à la carte”), from Fluxus to Radio Art, from Beuys to Warhol.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 05.03.2011 - 31.07.2011

From Page to Space

Published paper Sculptures
The exhibition From Page To Space is an unusual journey into contemporary art. A selection of more than 90 artists of various art tendencies – Constructivism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Nouveau Réalisme, Fluxus, Visual Poetry – explores, in an unexpected and surprising way, the richness of sculpture. All the works, from fixed objects to works to be cut out and mounted, have in common the fact that they are three dimensional and have been published, – either independently or in books, ranging from the late 1950s to now. The specific technique and the fact that most of the works are printed, enable the artist to develop sculpture in an unforeseen and colourful way. [more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 19.11.2011 EXTENDED TIL 19.02.2012

Stickers in Art

From Mail Art stickers to Street Art to the Sticker Award
The sticker, a medium that has become increasingly popular during the last few years, is the subject of an exhibition organized by the Research Centre for Artists’ Publications in collaboration with the International Sticker Awards. Alongside stickers by visual artists from the Research Centre’s collection, the exhibition features works of protest and participation culture over several decades as well as stickers representing contemporary positions in art and in everyday life from the collection of the International Sticker Awards.
Exhibition Zentrum | 02.09.2011 - 29.01.2012

Edgardo-Antonio Vigo

Conceptualism, Visual Poetry and Mail Art characterize the comprehensive oeuvre of the Argentinean artist Edgardo-Antonio Vigo (1928-1997). In the context of the military dictatorship in Argentina, his art constituted a political gesture. Through his rubber stamps, artists’ postage stamps, text works and his statements, which participated in a network of international artistic exchanges, he called attention to the situation in his native land as well as to the fate of his son – who “disappeared” in 1976 – and of the thousands of other victims of the military dictatorship. [more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 08.04.2011 - 21.08.2011

Isolde Loock

the dream never thinks of itself
For her works, Isolde Loock uses glossy Jil Sander brochures, wallpaper pattern books, X-rays, art catalogues, windows and mirrors, newspapers and literary periodicals such as Lettre International. To be more precise, she adds written inscriptions to them, and to be still more precise, she combines them with literary texts written by herself or by other authors, for example Arthur Rimbaud. The works, inscribed or stamped by hand, are based on found materials, for in Isolde Loock’s view the world is full of works and objects and there is no need to add anything more. Instead of inventing something new, she re-creates existing things. She gets to the bottom of the things, for instance the fashion brochures, and brings what many people dream of or long for – but cannot attain – back to the plane of normality: combining the portrayed objects with the texts strips them of their magic, as it were. She unmasks the illusory world of advertising, which plays with people’s dreams. [more...]