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Blank. Raw. Illegible... Artists’ Books as Statement (1960–2022)

Group show with the work of Ryan Gander
Leopold–Hoesch–Museum & Papiermuseum, Düren
May 14 - September 3, 2023

With Blank. Raw. Illegible… Artists’ Books as Statements (1960-2022) the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum shows a representative selection of international positions dedicated to the blank book as an artistic medium. The number of 259 artists’ books on display, among others by Michael Asher, Luciano Bartolini, Irma Blank, Marcel Broodthaers, Ulises Carrión, Olafur Eliasson, Ryan Gander, Dora Garcia, Martin Kippenberger, Sara MacKillop, Piero Manzoni, Bruce Nauman, Olaf Nicolai, Ed Ruscha, Simon Starling, and Heimo Zobernig refers to the legendary exhibition “Book as Artwork 1960/72” curated by Germano Celant and Lynda Morris, but the selection focuses exclusively on the qualities of blank, raw, illegible, empty, unprinted, tautological, hermetic, dysfunctional, and mysterious.

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