Exhibition — Zines #2 1976–1979

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If you are going to Munich until January 31st, 2014 you should stop by the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI) and visit the exhibition Zines #2 1976–1979 curated by Hubert Kretschmer

Ulises Carrión, Aart van Barneveld & Salvador Flores (Hrsg.): Ephemera No. 6: sorry no art today — Amsterdam: Other Books and So, 1978

Ulises Carrión, Aart van Barneveld & Salvador Flores (Hrsg.): Ephemera No. 6: sorry no art today — Amsterdam: Other Books and So, 1978

Warning against Submissions!
This is how the expressionist magazine ‘Der Bastard’ cautioned journalists not to submit their articles in 1921. Artists who engaged in publishing could also be warned, particularly at the end of the 1970s. They went ahead with it, let’s say their MagaZine, on their own or got sympathizers to join them: political activists, kindred spirits, artists in related art forms, artist colleagues and other contributors. Artists in those days, who had something to say and also wanted to say something, displayed a certain radicalism not only conceptionally, but also aesthetically and/or in terms of content. The medium was meant to be noticed and its impact shown; it was intended to hold its ground in the media jungle.
‘Zines #2: 1976-1979 – Artist Publications from the Collection Hubert Kretschmer, Munich’ displays an international selection of these types of magazines. It is the second in a numerous series of display cabinet exhibits at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte presenting Kretschmer’s ‘Archive Artists Publications’. It resumes directly where the first exhibit (which ran from Feb. 1st to April 15th, 2013) left off, dedicated to the years 1971-1975. The limit of only four years while simultaneously doubling the number of displays in relation to ‘Zines #1’ reflects the fact that the collection itself is becoming denser and denser over the years.

‘Zines’ exist both within and outside of art. The term is derived from ‘magazine’ and denotes a distinct type of production, of content and graphic design, and of sales and distribution: self-produced, critical interpretations of the daily and pictorial magazine press, often printed as a plain photocopy, and sales in the sense of networking beyond the typical art market. And many of the artist publications shown here actually do play with the typology of the daily press: loose pages folded together, stapled booklets, characteristic title typography and newspaper formats. Often they appear as non-commercial insider information pamphlets or fact sheets, so as ‘zines’.

In his selection of 117 booklets, Hubert Kretschmer presents us with 40 different ‘zines’, artist publications which, each in their own way, fall within the definition ‘revue d’artiste’: – one-time editions, either intentionally or unintentionally, – art books belonging to a series, – mainly the typically active projects of collecting or assembling periodicals over a limited period of only several years under the auspices of an (artist) editor.

The publication period of the individual works occasionally extends beyond the selected period of time, but only as an exception as long as the ‘Staeckbriefe’, appearing until 2002. Most titles belong entirely or predominantly to the 1970s, including such famous examples as ‘Commonpress’ and ‘Ephemera’. They are therefore inevitably typical of their time, especially the creations distributed as mail art.

With very few exceptions, the displayed publications are not present in the library of the Zentralinstitut and some cannot even be accounted for in any German libraries; several nowhere else at all.”
— Dr. Rüdiger Hoyer

Dieter Roth & Hansjörg Mayer (Hrsg.): Zeitschrift für alles – review for everything – Tímarit fyrir allt Nr.2 — Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1976

Dieter Roth & Hansjörg Mayer (Hrsg.): Zeitschrift für alles – review for everything – Tímarit fyrir allt Nr.2 — Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1976

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI)
Nördlicher Lichthof, first floor
Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10
80333 München

December 6th, 2013 to January 31st, 2014