Special Offers. Spring 2020.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21st, 2020

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For the next weeks, we’ll try to send online orders as efficiently as possible. (some information here)

Order 2 books and get 1 surprise book for free.

Order 5 books, and get 2 surprise books for free.

Every order above 50€ gets a free Erik Steinbrecher ephemera or poster.

We offer free delivery in Berlin, within reasonable distance, until we can’t do it.

Write us with any requests to: support (at) mottodistribution.com

And Their Spirits Live On, Marianne Heier

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12th, 2019

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Published by osloBIENNALEN FIRST EDITION 2019-2024 and  Motto Books

 

This book is published as part of Marianne Heier’s project or osloBIENNALEN FIRST EDITION 2019-2024.

Marianne Heier performed her project And Their Spirits Live On, first at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and then at Oslo’s former Museum of Contemporary Art.
How can a centuries-old plaster cast of a twothousand-year-old sculpture speak to us today?Plaster copies of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures have formed the basis for much of the history of art. Right up until modern times artists in the western tradition learned to draw and shape works from such models. When the National Gallery was built, the central building housed a collection of these classical plaster casts. Marianne Heier has chosen to make a performance among the plaster copies at the Academy of Art in Milan where she herself studied, and later in the empty bank premises which until recently housed the Museum of Contemporary Art – drawing attention to the potential power in these figures. They are archetypes that we still refer to, although we are often unaware of this. Heier’s performance takes the form of a museum guided tour in which she takes the role of guide, situating the plaster sculptures in wider histories. Using texts taken from classical mythology and political resistance movements, she shows the potentially radical possibilities of the sculptures. The mythology from which these classical figures are taken is full of critiques of power, gender issues and identity politics that perhaps suggest a need for civil courage in the political climate of our own times.

The performance was co-curated by osloBIENNALEN curators and Alessandra Pioselli and was produced in collaboration with students and employees at the Project School in Oslo.

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Anne Neukamp / gurgur Editions @ Motto Berlin. 13.12.2019

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4th, 2019

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Anne Neukamp Book Launch at Motto Berlin. December 13, 6-9pm

This monograph presents the first comprehensive survey of Anne Neukamp’s work. It embraces a vast
selection of the artist’s works from the past seven years alongside texts by Kassandra Nakas, Reinhard
Spieler and Johanna da Rocha Abreu, thereby offering the reader an immersive insight into the world of
Neukamp’s painting.

‘A stage is being set for us. Forms are blocked and angled into space, complete with consideration of the
need to bridge a distance and to draw the viewer in. As we approach the canvas, the beautiful execution,
the smooth surfaces painted by hand, the neutral yet lush bottom layer almost lulls us into complacency.
But then come the black and white strokes, like slashes, laid over or intersecting the crisp outlines of—
well, what is it? A face or a bifurcated B? It doesn’t matter. Assertions held about the symbols and image
being to shift. The flatness falls away and you find yourself eye-to-eye with the openings and gaps in the
canvas like tunnels, and you finally have to let go of any lingering inertia. The figurative associations, the
meaning both historical and implies, don’t ask for definition, they ask you to completely recondition the
means by which you seek definition.’ —Johanna da Rocha Abreu

BILL 2 launch @ Motto Berlin. 19.04.2019

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17th, 2019

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BILL 2 — Magazine launch
Friday 19 April from 6pm

Berlin friends, please join us at Motto bookstore for a presentation of BILL 2. BILL is a magazine of photo stories. Prioritizing visual reading without distraction, all the images that appear in the magazine are printed without accompanying text. Published by Roma Publications, the magazine is offset printed by monks in Bavaria and every contributor can occupy 16 pages on a different paper stock.

The second issue of BILL includes contributions by Linda van Deursen, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Jason Dodge, Archiv Hans Hollein, Inge Ketelers, Jochen Lempert, Raimundas Malašauskas, Bart Julius Peters / T L P S, Reto Schmid, Megan Francis Sullivan, Tadanori Yokoo by Tadashi Kurahashi, Ann Woo, Jiajia Zhang and RareBooksParis (advertiser)

Editor and designer Julie Peeters will be there, as well as contributors Jason Dodge (reading), Megan Francis Sullivan and co-editor Elena Narbutaite.

Drinks will be served and magazines available.

http://billinprint.com/
https://www.romapublications.org/

Daniel Gustav Cramer: Publications and Books @ Motto Berlin. 19.02-02.03.2019

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17th, 2019
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Daniel Gustav Cramer
Publications and Books
19.02-02.03.2019
Presentation 19.02 from 7pm
 
Daniel Gustav Cramer works with objects, text, photographs, sound, film and books. Each of his works refers back to his practice as a whole – an archive of stories, scientific researches and recorded moments mapping the relationship between experience and memory. Daniel has exhibited in several venues including Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, France (2018), Kunsthaus Pasquart, Switzerland (2018), MMK1 – Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt (2018), Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany (2018), greynoise, Dubai (2017), Entree, Bergen, Norway (2017), Verksmiðjan, Akureyri, Iceland (2017), Frac Ile de France (2017), CAC Vilnius, Lithuania (2016), SALTS, Switzerland (2014), Kunsthaus Glarus (2012) and dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel. Here at Motto, Daniel will present all his publications up to date. Additionally, he will exhibit a selection of artists books. He will present works in the vitrine outside Motto.

A City Curating Reader. PAM 2018 launch at Spike, Berlin. 30.01.2019

Posted in events, Uncategorized on January 22nd, 2019

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A City Curating Reader

30 Jan, 7pm
hosted by Spike
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 45, Berlin

Texte & Statements von/chapters & statements by
Cana Bilir-Meier, Maria Lind, Alexander Koch, Patricia Reed & Joanna Warsza –– anschließend Diskussion/followed by a public discussion

Join us to pick a copy, get a drink and review PAM2018 with us!

A City Curating Reader. Public Art Munich 2018
Eds. Joanna Warsza, Patricia Reed
600 Seiten/pages, English/German
Design Till Gathmann & Teresa Rudolf
Produced by Freispiel Kulturagentur
Published by PAM2018 & Motto Books
ISBN 978-2-940524-82-2
29 Euro

www.pam2018.de

Terremoto 11 – Curators On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Dorothée Dupuis (ed.). Terremoto, Motto Books.

Posted in Uncategorized on May 8th, 2018
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Curators On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Curadores al borde de un ataque de nervios

Dorothée Dupuis (ed.)
Terremoto, Motto Books

Language: Spanish / English
Pages: 104
Size: 22.5 x 33.5 cm
Weight: 428 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524730
Price: €10.00
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Specific Objects Without Specific Form. Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Koenig Books

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7th, 2018
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects Without Specific Form documents the groundbreaking retrospective curated by Elena Filipovic with the artists Danh Vo, Carol Bove, and Tino Sehgal that traveled to Wiels Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Fondation Beyeler in Basel, and MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt in 2010 and 2011.

Author: Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Publisher: Koenig Books
Language: English
Pages: 662
Size: 18.4 x 27.9
Binding: Hardcover
Price: €70.00
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Motto Extra Bookshop @ DOC Paris 15-22.10.2017

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12th, 2017

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Open daily
15th — 22nd October 2017
2 — 8pm

DOC
‪26 Rue du Docteur Potain‬
75019 Paris

Motto is pleased to install a temporary bookshop at DOC Paris during FIAC. During its week of operation, the display of publications from all around the world will be accompanied by an extensive programme of events, including exhibitions, performances and concerts.

The bookstore will present a full range of backlist titles, including projects co-published with partners such as Bergen Kunsthall, CAC Geneva, ChertLuedde, Compagnia, Harun Farocki Institut, HEAD Geneva, MAO Ljubljana, Museo Fundacao Berardo, New Documents, Supportico Lopez, Terremoto, WIELS and zweikommasieben.

Next to these publications, artist’s editions by Sara MacKillop, Simon Popper, Erik Steinbrecher, and Jean-Michel Wicker will also be on display.

Motto Books’ main bookstore is based in Berlin-Kreuzberg, with a selection of more than 15,000 titles ranging from artist’s books, design, photography, poetry and theory. In recent years, Motto’s publishing activities have developed into releasing over 20 titles a year, with many books made entirely by the artists themselves.

The extra bookstore will be open daily at DOC Paris ‪from 2pm until 8pm‬, ‪from the 15th to 22nd of October‬.

Events:
Concert:
Martina Lussi (Live)
ZWEIKOMMASIEBEN DJs
‪Präsens Editionen book display
19.10.2017 6 — 10pm

Launch:
Rosie Ruiz Shortcuts to Fame
Lisa Guedel-Dolle
Motto Publishing
21.10.2017 4 — 8pm

Further programming:
http://doc.work/project_category/evenements/

Mr. Peanut Drawings. Vincent Trasov. New Documents.

Posted in Artist Book, drawing, Motto Berlin store, Uncategorized on September 2nd, 2017
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In 1970, Trasov assumed the identity of Mr. Peanut, donning a handmade paper mâché replica of the mascot of the Planters Peanut Company. Soon after, he produced The Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign of 1974, a twenty-day performance developed in collaboration with members of the Vancouver arts community. The legume quickly became Trasov’s cipher and central component of his practice. Mr. Peanut Drawings collects nearly a hundred of Trasov’s Peanut drawings together with a text by Nancy Tousley.

 

€40.00

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