Exhibition Zentrum | 27.11.2009 - 24.01.2010

Hanne Darboven

Artists' Books
The exhibition at the Research Centre for Artists’ Publications pays homage to an artist who died in March of this year. Hanne Darboven is considered one of the most prominent Concept artists of the present. She drew international attention with her “writing-drawings”, which are based on the writing out of numbers as well as numerical operations, interspersed with rhythmical lines and deletions. The exhibition provides an overview of the artist’s books bounded in one-volume as well as artist’s newspapers and records. In addition to her exploration of the subject of time, the publications 'Schreibzeit, 1975-1981', 'Kulturgeschichte 1980-1983' und 'Bismarckzeit, 1978' also reveal Darboven’s preoccupation with current events as well as German history and politics.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 14.11.2009 - 21.02.2010

Pro musica nova

A Radiofestival and the Spirit of Fluxus
The “Pro musica nova” was one of the leading festivals worldwide in the area of twentieth-century new music. Its interdisciplinary conception called for the involvement of both literary work and the avant-garde art of the time. Until 2000, the radio festival founded in 1961 by Hans Otte – senior head of the deparment of music at Radio Bremen at the time – offered a great number of artists working in a wide range of media a forum for extremely productive exchange.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 31.10.2009 - 14.02.2010

Joan Rabascall

Production 1964-1982
Mass media, the role of woman. Militarization, violence, the “American way of life”, the recreation culture and computerization – these are Joan Rabascall’s main themes. The Study Centre for Artists’ Publications is now showing more than 150 hitherto little-known productions by the Spanish artist. The works on view date from the 1960s to the 1980s, which can be regarded the key period of his oeuvre. In an era in which most American artists submitted to the fascination of industrial production, Rabascall undertook to criticize the modern consumption culture, an approach he shared with many of his European colleagues. Within this context, he was interested above all in the increasing dominance of the media. The exhibition “Joan Rabascall: Produktion 1964–1982” inquires into the visual image and its transmission.[more...]
Hannah Höch: Bilderbuch, The Green Box, Berlin 2008 und Andy Warhol: Children's Book, Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich 1983
Exhibition Zentrum | 25.09.2009 - 31.01.2010

Artist's Book in Children's World

From Hannah Höch to Andy Warhol
El Lissitzky's „About two Squares“, Hannah Höch's „Bilderbuch“ („Picture Book“), or colouring books by Richard and Keith Haring: Children's books by artists lead us through the art world from the twenties of the last century to now. The variety of artistic means extends from drawing and painting through collage, photography to pop-up-books or leporellos.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 10.07.2009 - 22.11.2009

Emmett Williams

Emmett Williams - his name stands as much for versatility as it does for significant milestones of art history. His numerous cooperations and artist friendships brought forth many groundbreaking ideas and works: with George Maciunas, Nam June Paik and John Cage, Williams was one of the co-founders of the Fluxus movement and participated in Maciunas's legendary initial Fluxus happening in Wiesbaden. From 1957 to 1959 he worked with the Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri in the Darmstadt Kreis für konkrete Poesie (concrete poetry circle). He cultivated productive contacts with Robert Filliou, Dieter Roth, Richard Hamilton, John Cage, Claes Oldenburg, Charles Bukowski, Alison Knowles, Allan Kaprow, Joseph Beuys and others. [more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 19.06.2009 - 13.09.2009

Franz Mon 1951 · plus

Schrift · Bild · Stimme
Franz Mon gehört nicht nur zu den wichtigsten Vertretern der Konkreten Poesie in Deutschland, auch international ist er aus der Entwicklung dieses neuen Mediums nicht mehr wegzudenken. Zahlreiche Künstlerbücher, Publikationen und theoretische Schriften, die einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Etablierung der Konkreten Poesie leisteten, haben Mon weltweit bekannt gemacht. Sein erstes Buch artikulationen erschien 1959, bereits 1960 gab er zusammen mit Walter Höllerer und Manfred de la Motte die Anthologie movens heraus und 1962 gründete er den Typos Verlag, in dem er Werke anderer Künstler der Konkreten und Visuellen Poesie veröffentlichte. Für Mon, der wie viele andere konkrete Poeten die Kleinschrift bevorzugte, war die beschriebene Fläche nicht Texthintergrund, sondern ihm kam es darauf an, sie als Element der Text-Bild-Verbindung sicht- und wahrnehmbar zu machen.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 01.05.2009 - 05.07.2009

Anna Banana

Networking Publications
"Doctor" Anna Freud Banana - that's what one of the most popular artists of the world-wide mail-art scene calls herself, an artist whose postage stamps, prints, artist's books and magazines as well as postcard editions will soon be on view in an exhibition presented by the Study Centre for Artists' Publications. The title this Canadian artist has given herself says it all: Since the 1970s, she has concerned herself with the "scholarly" investigation of artistic issues, and her preferred action medium for doing so is: the banana.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 06.03.2009 - 26.04.2009

Michael Lapuks - Cities Remixed

Michael Lapuks photographs, documents and abstracts the things he encounters on his journeys, and yet his works create a vision entirely different from that of a travel catalogue. For his motifs, he intuitively chooses precisely what seems most familiar to him: the architecture of cities. [more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 07.02.2009 - 17.05.2009

obenauf und ungebrochen

Artists' Publications from GDR
They had a lot of staying power, the artists in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). In Samizdat and the socio-cultural underground, they produced works which conveyed a very particular aesthetic while at the same time participating in international art currents of the time. The exhibition will present an overview of approximately twenty different original graphic magazines and numerous books which, seen from the international perspective, represent an anomaly in the development of the art of the GDR. The artists of that country were internationally networked by way of Mail Art as well as a lively video and performance milieu. Contact with colleagues in other countries of the Eastern bloc, Latin America, Western Germany and "the West" in general was also established by way of various graphic arts biennials.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 25.01.2009 - 22.02.2009

Daniel García Andújar

Postcapital Archive (1989-2001), "Mauer/Bremen", 2008-2009
"Mauer/Bremen" (Wall/Bremen) is a new element - conceived specifically for Bremen - of the multimedia project "Postcapital Archive 1989-2001" by Spanish artist Daniel García Andújar. It places a special focus on the events in and around 1989 and their consequences, which are still making themselves felt today. [more...]
Miroslav Klivar, Body Art
Exhibition Zentrum | 09.01.2009 - 01.03.2009

Miroslav Klivar

Poetry as event or texts as images – for Miroslav Klivar, visual poetry is one of the most important forms of artistic expression. Photographs, prints, artists’ books, performances, videos and installations are the preferred media of this artist, a native of Prague who was already using the computer for his work as early as 1966. His Body Art activities began in 1972 in protest against the occupation of what was then still Czechoslovakia by the army of the USSR. Klivar’s first installations date from 1974. The various shapes and forms taken by his Body Art and performances have continued to develop to this day in his videos, and are seen in such works as Video Poetry of 1977 and Video Stamp Art of 1989. From 1976 onward, with DIM Art, Miroslav Klivar also concerned himself artistically with the censorial blackening of photographs during Communism – a method of making people unrecognizable on these photos for political reasons.[more...]