Exhibition Zentrum | 05.11.2010 - 27.03.2011

PRIGOV

The Text Works of Dmitri Aleksandrovich
Dmitri Aleksandrovich Prigov belonged to a generation of Russian poets and artists who, in the early 1970s, broke out of the island existence of the underground into the surrounding ideological cosmos and explored the symbols, myths and rituals of Soviet mass culture. Denied access to official publication channels, Prigov – one of the most important exponents of Moscow Conceptualism – used his hand- and typewritten texts to make artistic objects. His texts appeared in “editions” corresponding to the number of typed carbon copies. They existed independently of the Soviet Union’s state-ruled distribution sphere as Samizdat – unprinted books produced by the author himself. A wide diversity of written artefacts developed from the processing and graphic manipulation of official printed material.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 25.09.2010 - 06.02.2011

Robert Rehfeldt - An Exceptional Artist

The Graphic Oeuvre
Robert Rehfeldt was one of the most well-known and most important artists in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) of the 1970s and ’80s. He was a draughtsman, graphic artist, painter, filmmaker, action artist, visual poet and mail artist. His worldwide artistic connections made him a contact partner for numerous artists in the East and West. He would have celebrated his eightieth birthday in January 2011. The exhibition thus also pays homage to an exceptional artist who, undaunted by Socialist Realism and the doctrinaire bureaucracy of the GDR, created a complex oeuvre characterized by a unique brand of visual and linguistic subversiveness.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 09.07.2010 - 24.10.2010

Allen Ruppersberg

Artist's Books
The work of California concept artist Allen Ruppersberg revolves around speech fragments of everyday life and of poetry. Literature – indeed, language in general – plays an important role for the artist, who was born in Cleveland in 1944. For example, literary models frequently served as inspiration for his early works and projects, which are also mirrored in his artist’s books. Among his legendary works are Al’s Grand Hotel (1971). Here Ruppersberg realized a temporary hotel in which seven individually furnished rooms could be rented, among them a “Jesus Room” and a “Wedding Room”. For this work he took his inspiration from Vicki Baum’s novel Menschen im Hotel, which was adapted to film for a 1932 production called Grand Hotel, starring Greta Garbo. [more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 19.06.2010 - 15.09.2010

Clemente Padín

Word, Action and Risk
During his over forty years of artistic activity, Clemente Padín condensed several profiles: poet, critic, curator, editor and networker, acting in a territory where art and activism mingled. His trajectory reveals an effort to overcome the canonical forms of artistic creation and circulation, as well as the limits imposed by the military dictatorships which devastated the Latin American continent in the years 1960/70. In his works, Padín applies strategies of reproduction and dissemination of information according to technological, social and subjective changes related to the transformations of the artistic communicating circuits. He follows the variations in the techniques of reproduction over time: typewriting machine, off-set, photocopy, serigraphy, video, photography and, finally, digital art. In Mail art network, within the orbit of exchange established among artists from all over the world, Clemente Padín represented a point of reference in South America. [more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 04.06.2010 - 29.08.2010

Heinz Gappmayr

An Instant - Between Time and Space. Artist's Books and Graphics
Heinz Gappmayr is among the most well-known as well as the most important exponents of Visual Poetry. He passed away in mid April quite suddenly at the age of eighty-five. The exhibition at the Study Centre for Artists’ Publications will be the first ever devoted exclusively to his artist’s books and graphic works and encompassing the entire cosmos of his oeuvre. As a means of paying homage to a wonderful artist, the exhibition will address the power of the blank space and the materiality of language, two aspects of special interest to Gappmayr. Heinz Gappmayr produced conceptual imagery located between space and time. He conceived his works with signs – more specifically, abstract elements such as letters, words, numbers, or simple graphic fundamentals such as the line or point. [more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 07.05.2010 - 04.07.2010

Harald Falkenhagen

Publications and Drawings
„Von wem ist das denn?“ - „Who made this?“ Harald Falkenhagen jots down lapidary statements like this, heard a dozen times in exhibitions, in a spirit of ironic self inquiry. He places the handwritten words under his small brush strokes, more or less in the centre of an A4 sheet of paper. Unspectacular in the best sense and deliberately rejecting extensive art installation or „beautiful“ art, Harald Falkenhagen writes words, comments and statements beneath his drawings, which are speedily consigned to paper – he often notes the time taken precisely to the minute.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 05.03.2010 EXTENDED TIL 30.05.2010

Archivsplitter

Dem Verborgenen auf der Spur
Anlässlich des bundesweiten „Tag der Archive“ am 6. und 7. März 2010 präsentiert sich der Arbeitskreis Bremer Archive in einer Gemeinschaftsausstellung. Unter dem diesjährigen Motto „Dem Verborgenen auf der Spur“ eröffnen Archivalien, Fundstücke und Dokumente einen vielfältigen Einblick in Themen und Geschichten, die es zu entdecken und aufzuspüren gilt. Das mediale Spektrum spiegelt die facettenreiche Bremer Archivlandschaft wieder: Ton- und Filmbeiträge sind ebenso vertreten wie Fotografie, Literatur, Bildende Kunst sowie zahlreiche weitere Publikationen, Quellen und Dokumente.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 26.02.2010 EXTENDED TIL 20.05.2010

"It's a kind of magic!"

Mystification and Demystification in the context of artists' publications since 1960
The mystification of art is omnipresent, and carried out by every link in the art-system chain to equal degrees: museums, galleries, curators, the media, artists, art scholars and art consumers place certain artworks in the limelight and declare them to be especially important – a form of upgrading that makes the artwork appear virtually magic and contributes to its popularization. On the basis of numerous works from the area of artists’ publications, the exhibition “It’s a kind of magic!” will address and convey the complex processes and artistic results which create and reinforce the art myth and lead increasingly to the alienation of the viewers. The majority of the works to be included are from the genres of the multiple, artists’ books, graphic works, photo editions and postcards produced by more than forty artists and artist groups between 1960 and the present. The selection will be a well-rounded excerpt of works since the 1960s, representing the theme and the complex processes of mystification in exemplary manner. [more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 29.01.2010 - 02.05.2010

Dietmar Kirves

art information
“Information from artists and artists’ groups in whose working fields a consciousness-building concept is discernible.” – It was with this short sentence that publisher/artist Dietmar Kirves – also known to many as a German member of the “NO!art” movement – characterized his two publication series “art information” and “media news”. In the exhibition “Dietmar Kirves – art information”, the Research Centre for Artists’ Publications will now be presenting a survey of the editions put out by “mediacontact”, the publishing company founded by Kirves in Düsseldorf in 1970. With the art information and media news series, his aim was to create a platform for making information on contemporary art accessible to a broad public inexpensively, and thus to encourage a creative dialog with the public. [more...]