A document of both the artworks and the almost 300 books on view at an eponymous exhibition at the Mechelen Cultural Centre. Featuring works by Jan Kempenaers, Kasper Andreasen, Aglaia Konrad, Ria Pacquée, Simon Popper, Mitja Tušek, and more, the artistic positions are set against an exhibition design conceived by Kris Kimpe and Koenraad Dedobbeleer, a kind of communal archive that systematically displays a selection of contemporary artists’ books. The works closely relate to the codex of the book as a medium for artistic expression, as well as to the different gestures of reproduction that are representative of artists working in various media.
The publication brings together some twenty-five autonomous contributions from the exhibited artists, a thematic introduction, an interview with the book collector Gregorio Magnani, as well as images of the exhibition installation. A bibliography offers a selected overview of exhibited books as seen per artist in recent decades.
Curated, compiled, and edited by Kasper Andreasen
Designed by Joris Dockx
Published by Roma Publications, 2017
Softcover, 68 pages, stapled, black and white, 7.87 × 2.76 inches