Since 2003, over 20 publications have appeared in connection with exhibitions and events at Schaulager. The range of publications, mainly in German and English, includes comprehensive and lavishly illustrated exhibition catalogues, artists' books, meticulously researched catalogues raisonnés, collections of texts and records of symposia held at Schaulager. The books are conceived and realised by the publications department in close collaboration with the artists concerned, and appear under the imprint of the Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager.
Published by the Laurenz Foundation,
394 pages + 1.20 m fanfold, 18 × 27 cm
Over 900 coloured illustrations, hardcover
The publication is available in English and German
1st edition 2015
«Plötzlich diese Übersicht» by the Swiss artists Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946–2012), a loose collection of over 350 hand-sculpted, unfired clay figures, is one of those artworks that is very familiar even to those who are not all that interested in art. The artists have created a masterpiece, using an entirely unspectacular material to form sculptural snapshots that sparkle with cheerful wit: sketched models of everyday situations and objects; clay reproductions that reveal the absurdity and artificial normality of the ordinary. Alongside them are semi-freely imagined scenes and events from history, culture, entertainment, sport and assorted memories from their own biographies, immortalised in emblematic scenarios. The titles, with their characteristic subtle mockery, fragmentary encyclopaedic knowledge and serious irony, are an integral part of the work. The art book gives an overview of the “Overview”; moreover, the superb illustrations reveal the sculptural aspect of this multipartite work, begun in 1981, the quality and continued relevance of which goes beyond the sly humour of language and creative skill.
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Artist’s book, published by the Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager Basel, and Badlands Unlimited, New York With an essay by Sven Lütticken
17.8 × 26.7 cm, 1005 coloured illustrations, hardcover
Texts in German and English
1st edition 2014
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2014
Best Book Design from all over the World 2015
Schaulager is proud and delighted that the artist’s book by Paul Chan "New New Testament" published by the Laurenz Foundation was recently honoured with two prestigious awards. The Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC) named Chan's "New New Testament" as one of the most beautiful Swiss books of 2014. In the international competition "Best Book Design from all over the World" in Leipzig, the Stiftung Buchkunst recognised the book with a bronze medal.
Over 1000 pages long, this comprehensive, elaborately bound artist’s book documents “Volumes”, Paul Chan’s work consisting of 1005 book covers, a selection of which was exhibited at documenta 13 in 2012, and which now belongs to the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation’s collection. In 2014, it was shown in its entirety for the first time as part of the exhibition “Paul Chan – Selected Works.” For each book, Paul Chan removed the book block from the cover and then individually overpainted it. For “New New Testament”, Chan has written texts, which are juxtaposed with the individual picture pages. These texts draw on a wide spectrum of writings, from the philosophical, art theoretical, and the literary to the trivial, and the artist has also interwoven them with playfully ironic character sets. Deciphering these beautiful and enigmatic texts is a particular delight.
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Artist’s book, designed by Matthew Barney, Keith Riley and Jerry Kelly
146 pages, 17.8 × 24.7 cm, 93 illustrations
Hardcover bound in Japanese cloth, with a debossed panel and full print on front cover, the spine is stamped in silver 2010, limited edition of 1000 copies
Special edition: 100 copies, signed by the artist
Created by Matthew Barney, “Drawing Restraint Volume VI” is a chronological sequence of images narrating the dramatic contents of the film “Drawing Restraint 17”, a coproduction between the artist and Schaulager. The film was produced as part of the exhibition “Matthew Barney. Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the Nail”, staged at Schaulager Basel in 2010. The story is a contemporary allegory inspired by the painting “Death and the Woman” by the Renaissance artist Hans Baldung (known as Grien), in which a young woman travels from the Goetheanum in Dornach to Schaulager, where she ultimately meets her death. The conflict between obstruction and conquest set out in the “Drawing Restraint” series also underlies the film’s plot and its artistic interpretation. The sequence of images is choreographed by sheets of handmade Lama Li paper inserted into the book, some of which have been individually hand-torn. This natural variation makes each book unique.
CHF 185.00 German/English / CHF 420.00 Signed edition
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