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