THE CALABASH SHOW. Opening July 31, 6-9pm @Motto Berlin

Posted in events, exhibitions on July 29th, 2015
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Two independent publishers from Taiwan, Shen Shen Books and nos:books, have arrived in Berlin to showcase their exceptional works and publications at “The Calabash Show”, to take place at Motto Berlin from July 31 to August 30.

At The Calabash Show, the two publishers come to Berlin together with several of their artists. The show takes inspiration from an ancient mythical story about people entering the calabash for one day for spiritual practice. They left the calabash after many ordeals, without achieving immortality. When returned to the real world, one year had passed. At Motto Berlin,  the two mortal publishers and their artists present their latest works and publications, and share their thoughts behind the many ordeals of art and publishing.

Participating artists include Chihoi, Eva Lin, Ling Yu Tai, Pei Yu Shen, Son Ni and Ting Cheng. Come and meet them in person at the opening on July 31 at 6pm-9pm at Motto Berlin. The show is supported by the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan, and The Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong SAR.

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THE CALABASH SHOW

Live DJ: Dan Raw 

Drink: Motto Bar

 

Publishers from Taiwan: Shen Shen Booksnos:booksWaterfall 

Invisible Beauty. Mousse Publishing

Posted in art, distribution, exhibitions on June 5th, 2015
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“Invisible Beauty,” the title of this book and of the Iraqi Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, refers both to the unusual or unexpected subjects in the featured works and to the inevitable invisibility of Iraqi artists on the international stage. The endlessly interpretable title is intended to reveal different ways of approaching art generated by a country that has been subjected to war, genocide and, in the last year, the rise of Isis. The systematic demolition of the cultural heritage of Iraq by Isis has made it more important than ever to focus on artists continuing to work in Iraq. The Pavilion will provide a platform to make these artists visible. The five artists featured in the exhibition and in this volume are the photographers Latif Al Ani and Akam Shex Hadi, the visual artist Rabab Ghazoul, the ceramicist Salam Atta Sabri and the painter Haider Jabbar. A rich compilation of texts accompanies by Iraqi authors the artists’ sections, addressing the wider notion of “invisible beauty” and its ramifications: an essay on the cylinder seals of Iraq by Lamia Al-Gailani; “My Lost Hen,” a story by poet and writer Fares Haram; “The Infidel Woman,” a short tale by novelist Ali Bader; Sherko Bekas’s poem “During the Great Raid”; and “The Sign,” a play by Atyaf Rasheed. Co-published with the Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq.

 

Language: English
Pages: 204 pages
Size: 16 x 23 cm
Weight:           400 g
€26.00
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The Serial Universe by Alexandra Leykauf. MOREpublishers @ Motto Berlin (extended to 07.02.15)

Posted in art, events, exhibitions on January 16th, 2015
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The Serial Universe by Alexandra Leykauf
on invitation by MOREpublishers at MOTTO Berlin

Exhibition extended until 07.02.2015

http://www.alexandraleykauf.com/
http://www.morepublishers.be/

(an edition published by MOREpublishers will be soon released on the occasion of the show)

Martin Kippenberger . »Du kommst auch noch in Mode« – Plakate von Martin Kippenberger . Steidl

Posted in art, Artist Book, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, Motto Berlin store, poster on January 8th, 2015

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The posters created by Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) for his own exhibitions represent a core aspect of his multimedia output and artistic vision. The show You too will eventually come into fashion – Posters by Martin Kippenberger therefore reveals an essential slice of Kippenberger’s characteristic, often wildly absurd sense of humor.

The exhibition marks the Museum Folkwang´s acquisition of a comprehensive collection of posters by Martin Kippenberger in 2013 which substantially enhances the existing group of works by the artist held at the museum.

A catalogue is due for release to accompany the show, available from Edition Folkwang/Steidl.

Edited by Museum Folkwang
128 Pages
Paperback / softback
20.5 x 26.5 cm
German
ISBN 978-3-86930-923-1
€ 20.00

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buch 3b de 10. Kristen Mueller. & So.

Posted in Artist Book, collage, exhibitions on December 7th, 2014
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buch 3b de 10. Kristen Mueller. & So.

buch 3b de 10 is the tenth in a series of books based on Dieter Roth’s bok 3b, a collection of comic book pages in which numerous holes were die cut before the pages were re-bound, published in the ‘Collected Works, Volume 7′ by edition hansjörg mayer in 1974. Using Roth’s book as a template, holes were hand-cut into a selection of papers found in books in Berlin. buch 3b de 10, exhibited from 17 October to 7 December 2014 in the vitrines lining Motto Berlin’s courtyard, consists of 56 double-page spreads which together form an entire 3b buch.

Each double-page spread consists of three unbound papers which can be folded as a 12-page booklet or displayed open as a single spread.

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The Reminder. Behnam Sadighi. Motto Books

Posted in art, distribution, exhibitions, Motto Books, photography, writing on November 7th, 2014
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The Reminder. Behnam Sadighi. Motto Books

This publication is part of the project The Reminder by Behnam Sadighi, conceived in the frame of the fellowship programme MOP CAP 2013 with an exhibition at The Showroom from September 8 – 13, 2014 and the residency programme Delfina Foundation in London.

From December 2013 to October 2014 Behnam Sadighi worked closely with curator and theorist Doreen Mende to develop his The Reminder project for the MOP CAP 2013 Winner’s Exhibition. Prior to the exhibition Behnam undertook a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation. As part of the Prize a series of events including an exhibition, a panel discussion and a book launch formed Behnam Saidghi’s fellowship during his stay in London.

Sadighi’s work is founded in documentary photography. He develops his ideas through the phenomena of his surroundings caused by socio-political and cultural issues. The experiences that have the most powerful effects on Iranian lifestyle and relationships,  particularly in urban environments. These changes in phenomena and self, play an integral role in reflecting his personal interpretation of life and living.

The Reminder is an attempt towards an-other look at the Facebook profile pictures of Iran’s youth. Through a reconstruction of the portraits their authorship is lost in the midst of their innumerability. These pictures, usually taken as snapshots, seem to conceal the represented person as well as all of the elements that characterise them. Does such loss of the authorship and privation of representation occur because of the countlessness of the photographs, or is it because their viewers are skimming through them so quickly? Is it caused by a desire in making and/or representing a different sort of being in a matter of seconds? Or, it is such way of doing, a remembrance of an existence that shares the untold and the hidden in a corner of time?

(Each publication includes one poster from a series of eight.)

Language: English / Farsi

Size: 20 x 27.5 cm

ISBN: 9782940524297

€10.00

 

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‘buch 3b de 10′. Kristen Mueller @ Motto Berlin. 17.10.2014

Posted in Artist Book, events, exhibitions on October 16th, 2014
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‘buch 3b de 10′. Kristen Mueller @ Motto Berlin.
Opening on 17.10.2014, from 7pm

‘buch 3b de 10′ is the tenth in a series of books based on Dieter Roth’s ‘bok 3b’, a collection of comic book pages in which numerous holes were die cut before the pages were re-bound. Using Roth’s book was as a template, holes were hand-cut into a selection of papers found in Berlin, pulled from books on German history, nature, film stars and cooking, as well as newspapers, comic books, advertisements, etc. ‘buch 3b de 10′, made for the vitrines lining Motto’s courtyard, consists of 56 double-page spreads which together form an entire ’3b’ buch.

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Bibliothèque d’un amateur. Richard Prince’s Publications 1981-2014 @ Motto Berlin 18.07.2014

Posted in art, books, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on July 17th, 2014
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Bibliothèque d’un amateur. Richard Prince’s Publications 1981-2014. book launch @ Motto Berlin 18.07.2014
start 7pm

Catalogue of the eponym’s exhibition at Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Spoleto, 23 June – 26 August 2012 and at &: Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris, 26 October – 20 December 2012
Edited by Christophe Daviet-Thery and Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié
Essays: “Do Androids Dream about Kindles” by Vincent Pécoil, “American/English” by Yann Sérandour
Bibliographical notes: Francine Delaigle
Design: Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié

This book is not a catalogue raisonné, it instead takes a look at the library of an amateur, an excuse to apprehend this aspect of Richard Prince’s work which encompasses books and the question of the collection and its incompleteness, revealed here by the ‘ghosts’ of the missing books.
Richard Prince is an avid collector of books, an obsessive one.
This fervor is visible in The Good Life or American/English, where he photographs covers of books from his collection, reducing the book to an image, a simple surface.

On the occasion of the book launch, a part of the project by Yann Sérandour, Printed exhibition: Bibliothèque d’un amateur. Richard Prince’s Publications 1981-2012, will be shown in the vitrines of Motto Berlin’s courtyard.

Title : Bibliothèque d’un amateur. Richard Prince’s Publications 1981-2014
Date : 2014
Format : 11,5 x 16 cm – 206 pages – softcover
Edition size : 1000 copies
Publishers : Viaindustriae – &: christophe daviet-thery

Vasarely Go Home. Andreas Fogarasi. Spector Books.

Posted in art, books, critique, distribution, exhibitions, writing on May 19th, 2014
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Vasarely Go Home

In “Vasarely Go Home” Andreas Fogarasi investigates a double event that took place in Budapest on October 18th, 1969. Opening that day, Victor Vasarely, the internationally renowned artist of Hungarian origin, had a large retrospective exhibition at the Mücsarnok/Kunsthalle in Budapest. While Hungarian avant-garde art of that time was forbidden or at best tolerated by the authorities, Vasarely’s exhibition – organised by official cultural politics – became an important public event attracting a huge number of visitors. Because of these double standards at play, the show was met with both high expectations and scepticism from the local artistic scene. The second – undocumented – event taking place that evening during the exhibition opening was a one-person protest by artist János Major. He carried a small sign in his pocket that he discreetly showed to friends and acquaintances when he encountered them in the crowd. The sign read “Vasarely Go Home”.

Author: Andreas Fogarasi
Publisher: Spector Books
Language: english
Pages: 144
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-944669-54-0
€24.00

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The Exhibitionist 9. Jens Hoffmann (Ed.).

Posted in art, distribution, exhibitions, Journals, magazines on April 30th, 2014
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The Exhibitionist 9

Overture
Jens Hoffmann and Lumi Tan
Curator’s Favorites
Monika Szewczyk – Idolizing Twilight
Chen Tamir – Liminal Spaces
Hendrik Folkerts – WACK the Canon!
Back in the Day
Inés Katzenstein – Experiencias 68: A Threshold
Missing in Action
Lucy Lippard – After a Fashion: The Group Show
introduced by Chelsea Haines
Attitude
Massimiliano Gioni – What I Did Last Summer
Assessments: Bergen Assembly 2013: Monday Begins Saturday
Christopher Y. Lew – Workers’ Compensation
Ase Lovgren – More Verbs, Please
Laurel Ptak – Art in the Age of the Norwegian Semi-Social-Democratic-Post-Welfare-State
Johanne Nordby Werno – Love for Labour
Rigorous Research
Germano Celant – The Territories of Exhibition
Six x Six
Ngahiraka Mason, Fionn Meade, Pable Léon de la Barra, Fillipa Ramos, Maria Inés Rodriguez, Syrago Tsiara
Rear Mirror
Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers and Tina Kukielsky – Considering the 2013 Carnegie International
Jennifer Gross – The Société Anonyme’s Dada Destiny

Edited by Jens Hoffmann, Julian Myers-Szupinska, Lumi Tan
Pages: 84
Issn: 2038-0984
€10.00

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