Skulpturale Poesie

Sculptural Poetry. Exhibition in the Centre for Artists' Publications

26.03.2022 - 14.08.2022
Franz Mon, Texttonne, 1972, Photo: Peter Zollna/Galerie Kai Middendorff © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Dietrich Helms, ohne Titel (Stern aus Schiffchen), um 1970, Archiv Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Foto: Bettina Brach © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Among the fruitful relationships between art and literature, the dialogue between poetry and sculpture plays a special role in contemporary art. With an international selection, the group exhibition is dedicated to the multi-faceted forms of sculptural poetry since the 1960s. Objects are inscribed with texts, or the letters themselves appear as three-dimensional works of art, form spaces and are the subject of actions and performances.

Some fifty works on display invite reflection: What can a text be beyond lines printed on paper? What sensual impressions can reading convey beyond linguistic content? What role do unconventional materials and techniques of writing play for literature?

Complementing the selected works, numerous monographs, anthologies, and magazines on visual and concrete poetry document the diversity of this extremely interesting current in terms of art history.

At the same time, the German Museum of Books and Writing at the German National Library in Leipzig is showing an exhibition on the topic in cooperation with the Centre for Artists’ Publications.


Alain Arias-Misson, Eduard Bal, Robert Barry, Josef Bauer, Dirk Bell, Carlfriedrich Claus, E. M. de Melo e Castro, Peter Downsbrough, Christoph Ebener, John Furnival, Heinz Gappmayr, Karl Gerstner, Eugen Gomringer, Shilpa Gupta, Dietrich Helms, Christian Holtmann, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Wilfried Huet, Jenny Holzer, Gereon Inger, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Dieter Jung, Martin Kippenberger, Miroslav Klivar, Ferdinand Kriwet, Käthe Kruse, Ulrich Meister, Franz Mon, Ewa Partum, Octavio Paz, Geza Perneczky, Hannah Regenberg, Konrad Balder Schäuffelen, Takakao Saito, Tomas Schmit, Mieko Shiomi, Regina Silveira, Andrea Tippel, Timm Ulrichs, Jiří Valoch, Marcel van Maele, Bernhard Wimmer

Curated by Christoph Benjamin Schulz and Bettina Brach

With generous support
Instituto Cervantes, Bremen and Paris
In collaboration with the international festival

Collections and Lenders

Barbara Wien and tomas schmit archiv, Berlin, BQ, Berlin, Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Erbengemeinschaft des Nachlasses von Klaus-Jürgen Sembach, Fernanda Feitosa & Heitor Martins, GAK Bremen, Galerie K Strich, Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Instituto Cervantes de París (Biblioteca Octavio Paz), Kai Middendorff Galerie, Nachlass Andrea Tippel, Nachlass Ferdinand Kriwet, Sammlung Haubrok, artists and private collections as welle as holdings of the Centre for Artists’ Publications: Archive for Small Press & Communication, Archiv publizierter Kunst, Fonds Dietrich Helms, Fonds Franz Mon, Fonds Miroslav Klivar, Fonds Timm Ulrichs


On the occasion of the exhibition, the new edition series paper-poem-objects was launched, now available in the museum shop. It comprises works from 1962 to 2022, in first or new editions, rediscovered or created especially for this series. In keeping with the object-like character of the works, the objects are mostly handmade and packed in a box – yet: available at an affordable price. The paper-poem-objects are edited by Christoph Benjamin Schulz, who also writes a text for each one. They are published by Grass Publishers. We are very pleased to be able to offer the fine selection of published artworks in the Weserburg shop – on site and online.

#1 Heinz Gappmayr – 5 Papierskulpturen, € 30,-

#2 Dom Sylvester Houédard – frog pond plop, € 18,-

#3 John Furnival – Untitled (Unfolder), € 23,-

#4 Andrea Tippel – Klausnerinnenstück, € 18,-

#5 Peter Downsbrough – AND UND AND, Elements of the Maze € 18,