Zines #3 – The early 80s — Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte
NERO is pleased to present the current exhibition Zines #3 – the early 80s, an exhibit of artist magazines from the collection of Hubert Kretschmer, Munich (Archive Artist Publications), at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte.
Following the precursor exhibits in 2013 and 2014 presenting productions from the seventies, our vitrine exhibition series Zines – Artist Publications from the Collection of Hubert Kretschmer (Archive Artist Publications) will now conclude with a selection of publications from the eighties. This period, in addition to very current publications, comprises the mainstay of Hubert Kretschmer’s Archive Artist Publications.
More than 200 editions from over 70 magazine-like artist publications from 11 countries will be displayed. Exhibits in the German language are once again predominant, but the relatively numerous works from Canada, France, and the USA are a reminder of the very importance of these countries for the alternative artists’ book scene.
The works range from ‘Zines’ in a strict sense of self-production with simple means and the use of alternative distribution methods to projects like Killt or Der Neger (The Negro) that played with the daily newspaper formats, all the way to art magazines in pictorial format which became internationally renowned, like Andy Warhol’s Interview or File Megazine, which was produced by the Canadian artist group General Idea. Some exhibits, like Amtramdram and Toi et moi pour toujours, are from the French ‘Graphzines’ production, which was flourishing in the eighties. The ZI already possesses an outstanding collection of these. Judith Hoffberg’s Umbrella and Instant Media Nr. 16, the catalogue booklet for Hubert Kretschmer‘s Paris Exhibition in 1986, attest to his early attempts in bibliographic (self-) documentation and archiving, which Hubert Kretschmer’s Archive originated from in 1980. Finding materials such as these in libraries is still a rarity. The majority of the works have never been on display in the Bibliothek des Zentralinstituts für Kunstgeschichte nor are they available in any other Bavarian library. We are therefore especially proud to present these artist publications in the context of the DFG-sponsored project Studienzentrum zur Moderne — Bibliothek Herzog Franz von Bayern im Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte [Center of Studies on Modernity – Library Herzog Franz von Bayern at the Central Institute for Art History].
Archiv Künstlerische Bücher / Archive Artist Publications
The archive stems from the exhibits of artist books at the Produzentengalerie München (from 1979) and is based on the collections of verlag & distribution kretschmer & großmann (from 1980). The collection is continuously expanded through acquisitions, gifts and items on loan and today it comprises ca. 40,000 items, of which more than 12,000 are in an online catalogue and accessible to public research: www.artistbooks.de
A newspaper catalogue has been published to accompany the exhibit with contributions by Hubert Kretschmer, Daniela Stoeppel and Ruediger Hoyer.
A tour of the exhibition with Hubert Kretschmer will take place on 19 Thursday, March, 2015 at 5pm.
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte – Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, Munich
6 February – 31 March 2015