Die Bucher der Kunstler
1997 May - June
This German exhibition, sponsored in Australia by the
Goethe-Institut, is a travelling exhibition touring the world. From
Monash it will be going on to New Zealand, so this is your last chance
to see it.
It shows a great range of artists books currently being produced by
young German artists. The genre of the "livre d'artiste", or "artist's
book" is a very popular one in the US, Britain, Europe and Australia. It
is the result of an artist looking at the conventions of book production
and seeing what can be done within them. Often the conventions are
stretched in some way, typically by using materials which make a
statement about the book's content, and producing a concept.
|One of the books on display includes a packet of
Bromo-Seltzer and a large cracker. It represents a memory of a
The importance of this exhibition is that it gives Australian
exponents of this art form the opportunity to look at examples of what
is currently fashionable on the Continent.
We have in the Rare Book Collection here at Monash some examples of
"livres d'artistes", mainly produced by Australian artists.
There is a large, heavily illustrated catalogue to the exhibition
produced in Germany. It is for sale at $20.00 a copy.