SALON FÜR KUNSTBUCH is a space in Vienna dedicated to displaying the work of international practitioners active in the field of artist books, fanzines, magazines and critical readers. Opened in 2007 as a project by the Austrian artist Bernhard Cella gathering and making visible underdog and clandestine activity through ambitious projects that uses it as operational tools, the Salon attempts to exhibit, and exchange information about, innovative methods of self-published art production in printed format exclusively. Differently from thematic bookstores specialised in contemporary art, the Salon presents its carefully selected printed matter (also available for purchase) through a cumulative principle of rotating exhibitions, accompanied by debates, lectures and performances organised in collaboration with artists, editors, publishers, graphic designers and writers, that initiate the public differently to how to approach art publishing more conceptually. Through these unusual displays and public events, the Salon refuses traditional processes promoting contemporary art by way of exhibitions and mediation.
Bernhard Cella was invited by Art Cologne Open Space section, to show selected works from this project in the Readers Lounge. Interview in German language.
Art Cologne 2011. Cologne / Germany, April 12, 2011.
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