Bernhard Cella

Collecting Books

A conceptual snapshot of the arts in book form.

My first selection of Austrian art books and artists’ books produced over the last two years. Who publishes art books and artists’ books today and what content do they articulate? This collection contains a synopsis of statements by the actors, their descriptions of themselves, and a brief introduction to each of the curated books. Participants: Museums, firms, private foundations, small publishers, and individual artists.

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Love_

Love_ meint alles, was uns wichtig ist. Es ist nicht nur eines der größten Themen der Kunst, sondern auch einer der Antriebe, diese zu schaffen. Wir wollen Kunst so diskutieren, entwickeln, zeigen und letztendlich leben, wie wir es im kommerziellen Bereich vermissen.

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Edition Lammerhuber

Our objective is to approach the perfect book, in a passionate process seeking for that ultimate quality that has had houses built for books, those houses of knowledge and art we call libraries. In the spirit of tradition, we shall dedicate all our creative power to the attempt to edit books with emotional intelligence and beauty.

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departure

Over the past years Viennese creative professionals active in the fields of design, fashion, music and architecture have made a name for themselves, even beyond Austria’s borders. Such entrepreneurial spirit needs encouragement–even more so in economically challenging times. This is where departure comes in by offering the creative economy tailor-made funding programs and a platform for promoting their creative and economic achievements.

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Landesgalerie Linz

Landesgalerie Linz exhibition projects are linked to studies and research, often in cooperation with other domestic and foreign institutions as well. The results are mainly published in accompanying book publications. Exhibition catalogues are created for personal and themed exhibitions.

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Tanzquartier Wien

With its own publication – Scores – the Tanzquartier Wien is for the first time continuing its artistic-theo- retical program in another, independent medium. SCORES takes artistic research one step further and opens a performative space within the discursive one – in order to facilitate the sustainability of the discourse practised in the house and to serve as an invitation to dialogue.

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Bernhard Hosa

Some of my installations address reflections on people and on the individual as the object of scientific studies. I take up a medical and empirical view of the individual to draw the analogy to spatial-architectural structures. It is not a mimetic representation of the human being as a natural object, but a negative form of the human body defined by social description and the existing structures of knowledge.

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Mark Pezinger-Verlag

Mark Pezinger Verlag is an Austrian/German collaboration between various artists and was founded in 2009. We realize artists' publications ranging from sound-installations, actions and performances to one-offs and higher book editions.

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ERSTE Foundation

ERSTE Foundation invests its dividends in the development of societies in Austria and Central and South Eastern Europe. It supports social participation and civil-society engagement; it aims to bring people together and to disseminate knowledge of the recent history of a region that has been undergoing dramatic changes since 1989.

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Eikon

The content and aims of Eikon are focused on the current art scene, as well as inter-media references in this context. Eikon emphasizes the promotion and support of both the latest positions as well as already established artists. Moreover Eikon tries to create a bridge between photographic art with new media and/or visual arts.

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TBA21

TBA21 sustains a far-reaching regional and international orientation, has an ongoing institutional commitment to the growing importance of art made in different parts of the world, and explores modes of presentation that are intended to provoke thought and broaden the way viewers perceive and experience art.

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Springer-Verlag

We consider our books on architecture and art, in a traditional sense, as handcrafted/manufactured as well as intellectual products. Our aim as publisher is two-fold – form and content must match to create a harmonious balance. Thus, we are intensely involved in discussing our authors’ and editors’ projects and appreciate graphic designers, whose creativity interacts between printing material and processes on the one hand and content on the other.

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Ars electronica

Artists, network nomads, theoreticians, technologists, legal scholars - interdisciplinarity and the open encounter of experts from all over the world with highly diverse audiences characterize the Ars Electronica Festival. Staged annually since 1979, this internationally renowned weeklong event provides an intense setting for artistic and scientific consideration of the social and cultural phenomena that are the upshot of the technological transformation of our world.

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Corinne Rusch

I point out moments, the highlights of a story, and allow the narrative and scenery to slip into the surreal. I stage my lifeless-appearing protagonists in identity defining spaces, where gestures and details become a part of the narrative and consolidate the scope of things.

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Parabol Art Magazine

Parabol Art Magazine is an international magazine for contemporary art. The publication is biannually published in English. A curator devises each issue. Each curator’s task is to examine a contemporary phenomenon in pictures and words on the basis of artistic points of view.

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Belvedere

The Belvedere palaces accommodate the most significant assemblage of Austrian art, from the Middle Ages to the present, with Fin de Siècle icons such as Kiss and Judith by Gustav Klimt. The collection is complemented by works of international artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Max Beckmann. The Belvedere’s publications reflect the vast diversity of its collection and thematic exhibitions within a variety of artistic and scientific contexts.

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springerin

springerin is the magazine for criticism and contemporary cultural theory and targets that part of the public that perceives cultural phenomena as social and political. springerin provides information about current events and tendencies in the arts business and describes their conditions and meanings.

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Streulicht

Through the marriage of theory and artistic practice we have come to recognize photography as cultural technology. This dialogic structure constitutes the lens through which we view the pictorial world without fracture or stagnation, thus keeping the border between textual and visual contributions permeable.

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Alexander Ruthner: Eine Magazine

Eine magazine is documenting lifestyle from the view of the artist. Eine is publishing exclusive stories by international artists and photographers. Eine is not a fashion magazine.

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Austrian Film Museum

Part of the Film Museum’s research and teaching activities is the editing of film publications. The topics of these books relate to the collections and programs, to film artists whose work is of particular interest to the Film Museum’s mission, and to basic theoretical questions that fuel the institution’s work in general.

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Essl Collection

With more than 7.000 works of art, Agnes and Karlheinz Essl’s collection of contemporary art offers a matchless perspective on present-day art. The Essl Collection is characterized by the very personal approach taken by the collectors and by continuous growth through new acquisitions.

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MUSA

MUSA took off in April 1991 with the exhibition Ins Licht gerückt. Ein Museum auf Abruf (Into the Limelight. A Museum on Demand), which was curated by Wolfgang Hilger and shown in the Volkshalle of Vienna City Hall. At the time, MUSA was planned as a flexible exhibition concept that could be presented anywhere and was available at any time.

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University of Applied Arts Vienna

The University of Applied Arts publishes dissertations, summaries of events, lectures and symposia, in order to publicize issues, force debate and to consolidate and strengthen the University’s (international) presence.

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Galerie Stadtpark

The Galerie Stadtpark acts as an exhibition platform for the presentation, contextualization and distribution of contemporary positions in the field of fine and visual art. The thematic group exhibitions and constellations of individual artistic positions, which are not understood as singular aesthetic practices but as artistic positions in specific contexts and discourses, make up the programmatic emphasis.

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Black Pages

As publishers and artists we understand the BLACK PAGES as a personal initiative, which offers publicity to individual artistic positions and in further consequence places our own practice in a larger context. All are brought into a dialogue. Tendencies, questions and objectives, that are of importance within a current contemporary art context are emphasized.

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Schlebrügge.Editor

Since 10 years Schlebrügge.Editor is in pursuit of its original concept: to produce books with artists, which they consider themselves original works in their artistic production. Schlebrügge.Editor is a platform providing historical and conceptual contexts and international partnerships and references.

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Harpune-Verlag

Vienna-based publisher specializing in illustrated literature and letterpress printed artist books, Harpune Verlag focuses on bringing together text and imagery in all its diversity. All Harpune books are printed in their appropriate procedure, quality papers, hot metal setting are always used, letterpress in most cases.

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Max Boehme: Sensationsverlag

I understand the Sensationsverlag as an endless row of exhibitions. A sequence of works of art which I invent with friends and artists I do admire.

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Spike Art Quarterly

Call us sentimental, but we still believe in independent art criticism. We don’t see art as a neutral or academic field, and we expect our authors to have a sense of empathy. We don’t want everything to be alike, but want different approaches even to things that may appear to be similar, and seek new sensibilities.

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Kiesler Private Foundation

Today the discussion and analysis of the changing demands on art, architecture and design are practically inseparable. We therefore focus our interest on the interplay between these forms of expressions. The medium of the book represents an important tool and allows us to reveal how artistic activities influence the development of sociocultural conditions.

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Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna regards it as its central task to intensify the knowledge transfer between art, society, and science. A studies series published between 2005 and 2012, in which doctoral dissertations, theoretical contributions by members of the teaching staff, as well as results from the institut ion’s fields of research, art education, and art research made the public more aware of the Academy's range of knowledge.

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Neue Galerie Graz

The Neue Galerie Graz emerged from the picture gallery of the province of Styria in 1941 and since the 1960s has followed the development of various contemporary artistic positions, exhibited them and documented them in its collection.

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Sammlung Verbund

The collection’s maxim is "Depth rather than Breadth"; the spotlight is placed upon certain periods of artistic creativity. At the same time, the focus lies on whole bodies of work, such as the early work by Cindy Sherman, and specific artistic positions since 1970.

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Galerie im Taxispalais

The Galerie im Taxispalais was founded in 1964 and is a non-commercial, public exhibition venue for international, contemporary art funded by the State of Tyrol. Each exhibition is accompanied by a publication: either an artist book, conceived as a medium on its own and extending the ideas of the exhibition, or a catalogue with a more documentary approach.

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Public Art Lower Austria

Since the eighties a number of art projects have been evolving in public space in Lower Austria. A jury of eight experts recommends artists, designers and architects from all over Austria and abroad. About 500 works were produced by 2011. Every two years these are documented in the "Published Art” volumes.

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Westphalie-Verlag

Westphalie is the publishing imprint of the artists Lisa Holzer and David Jourdan to issue artist's books addressing language.

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Galerie Hubert Winter

Galerie Hubert Winter started to oper ate on February 28th 1971 in the center of Vienna. The initial program was focused on Surrealism and rare publications from the 1920ties, to mention solo exhibitions of Henri Michaux, Pierre Klossowski, Antonin Artaud and others. In the 1980ties the program opened to a contemporary discussion and important artists mostly from the States joined to gallery and are still represented, like Lawrence Weiner and Fred Sandback.

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Kunstuniversität Linz

With its curricula and thematic profile, Kunstuniversität Linz occupies a special position. The reason lies in the fact that its curricula and profile are largely situated at the interfaces between freelance art and applied design as well as between artistic creation and scientific research.

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Galerie Ernst Hilger

Galerie Ernst Hilger, one of the most influential galleries in Europe, has been contributing structural and ethical guidelines to the international gallery scene over the last four decades. Ernst Hilger was the head of the FEAGA for several years, member of different art fair committees, acted as longest serving president of the Austrian gallery Association and was instrumental in today’s acceptance of the role of galleries as partners of Museums, Collectors and representatives of the state.

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Georg Kargl Fine Arts

In June 1998 the Georg Kargl Fine Arts Gallery with an exhibition space of more than 350 m2 on 3 levels was opened in Schleifmühlgasse, which has recently developed into one of Vienna's most renowned gallery districts. Since then Georg Kargl has not only focused on continuous exhibition activities but also on positioning and placing contemporary artists, whose significance is reflected in present-day international discourse.

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Kunsthaus Graz

The Kunsthaus Graz opened its doors in 2003, the architectural pièce de résistance of Graz’s year as European Capital of Culture. As an exhibition centre for contemporary art, the Kunsthaus Graz exhibits Austrian and international art from the 1960s onwards, encompassing an exhibition area of 2,500 m2. Shows by renowned artists, such as John Baldessari, Maria Lassnig, or Andy Warhol, are usually contrasted to group exhibitions about socio-political issues.

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mumok

Since its founding, the mumok has set out to preserve, expand and exhibit its collection of 20th and 21st century art while at the same time supporting current and innovative research and museological methods. One of the most important objectives has been and continues to be to convey the historical and theoretical framework of art to the public through fostering discourse in the form of publications and academic events.

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EVN Collection

The publications of evn collection form an important role in the public perception of the arts commitment of the company EVN. The books take due to limited tour of the art facilities; the role of art educators and carry not only the background to individual works, but also the ideas and motives of the collection itself.

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Kunstverein Medienturm

The Graz-based art association Kunstverein Medienturm analyses the impacts of media- and video art on contemporary art and thus reacts upon today’s mediatized society. This interdisciplinary approach is basis for a preferred development of crossmedia projects, which advance current questions in the field of art production and theoretical reflection.

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BAWAG Foundation

In an age of diversion, speed, and acceleration, the book as a medium of concentration is in great demand again. It would not make sense though to continue the tradition of bibliophile sculptural objects. For today’s aesthetical practice oriented towards projects and texts, books, catalogues, and pamphlets have become a form of expression in its own right—a format in accordance with contemporary art strategies.

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Kunsthalle Wien

In the interest of an expanded understanding of art, the Kunsthalle Wien emphasizes crossgenre, cross-border trends in the arts. Program highlights range from photography, video, film, and installations to new media. Large, subject-specific exhibitions present developments and correlations from Modernism to the present-day art world.

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Secession

The Vienna Secession is an artists’ association and exhibition venue for contemporary art that occupies a unique place within the history of modernism, combining an artistic program that is topical and forward-looking with an iconic building embodying the mood of a new awakening around 1900.

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21er Haus

The 21er Haus is to be understood as a place of artistic production, reception, and reflection. The focus is on Austrian art of the 20th and 21st century and its embedding in an international context.

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Kunsthaus Bregenz

Based on its commitment to the work of art and to the public and its wide-ranging and in-depth dedication to the work of art as an indispensable part of its mission, the KUB team strives to fulfill its responsibility to society. What KUB values in particular is the trust of the artists and visitors, the longterm political commitment of the state of Vorarlberg and the generous support of its partners.

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Generali Foundation

The Generali Foundation has issued a remarkable series of publications, counting among which are several comprehensive standard works. Emphasis is placed less on the documentation of the institution’s own activities than on lasting, high-quality publications and projects on contemporary art designed for the longterm, and which are both editorially ambitious and rather directed at an expert readership.

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Fotohof

Fotohof is publishing 10 to 15 titles a year with an emphasis on Austrian and also emerging international photographers. Our aim ist to support the artists in making high quality books even with low budgets and give them the possibility to find an international forum.

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MAK

For the MAK, publications are essential for documenting and communicating its exhibitions and research projects. Our publications are in keeping with the MAK’s interdisciplinary character as a museum and laboratory of applied art that interfaces with design, architecture, and contemporary art; they integrate different disciplines and practices to create new perspectives and further blur disciplinary boundaries.