Culturescapes 1976–1984
Braco Dimitrijević
Published by Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 1984, 144 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 22 × 27 cm, German
Price: €35

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Braco Dimitrijević, Culturescapes 1976–1984 at Museum Ludwig, Köln, 30 March–6 May, 1984, and Kunsthalle Bern, 15 June–15 August, 1984.

Braco Dimitrijević gained an international reputation in the seventies with his Casual passer-by series, in which gigantic photo portraits of anonymous people were displayed on prominent facades and billboards in European and American cities. The artist also mimicked other ways of glorifying important persons by building monuments to passers-by and installing memorial plaques in honour of anonymous citizens.

In the mid-seventies he started incorporating in his installations original paintings borrowed from museum collections. The Triptychos Post Historicus, realized in numerous museums around the world, unite in a harmonious synthesis high art, everyday objects, and fruit. The artist’s statement “Louvre is my studio, street is my museum” expresses both the dialectical and transgressive nature of his oeuvre.

#1984 #bracodimitrijevic #kunsthallebern
Glass Sculpture
Vikky Alexander
Published by Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 1990, 6 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 27 cm, English
Price: €8

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition James Welling, Vikky Alexander, 12 May–24 June, 1990 at Kunsthalle Bern. With a text by Bruce W. Ferguson. You can find more information on the exhibition here.

Vikky Alexander has worked in photography, sculpture, and installation since the 1980s. Her work is characterized by an ongoing consideration of illusion and desire within design and architecture. Through the appropriation of images of people and landscapes, Alexander recognises the artificial as a space of utopian fantasy that is built into design and photographic advertisements.

#1990 #kunsthallebern #vikkyalexander
Partituren, Geshichten, Plexigramme, Siebdrucke
John Cage
Published by Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 1972, 4 pages (b/w ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm, German
Price: €9

Produced on the occasion of Arakawa – Der Mechanismus der Bedeutung / John Cage (Kammerkunsthalle), at Kunsthalle Bern, 6 May–18 June, 1972. With text by Carlo Huber.

#1972 #ephemera #johncage #kunsthallebern
The Sculptors
Gilbert & George
Published by Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 1981, 32 pages (b/w ill.), 15 × 21 cm, German
Price: €24

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Gilbert & George: Photo Pieces: 1971–1980 at the Kunsthalle Bern, 7 March–5 April, 1981.

#1981 #gilbertampgeorge #kunsthallebern
Otto Meyer-Amden
Published by Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 1965, 63 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 18.5 × 24 cm, English
Price: €18

In the transition from Symbolism to international modernism that occurred between Ferdinand Hodler and Mondrian, no other Swiss artist succeeded in creating an oeuvre as confident and idiosyncratic as that of Otto Meyer-Amden. Born in 1885 in Bern, Meyer initially trained as a lithographer before attending the School of Arts and Crafts in Zürich. Following a semester at the Academy of Arts in Munich, he joined the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart in 1907, where he studied for a short time under Adolf Hölzel, whose interest in abstract formal principles set him apart from the prevailing naturalism of the time. It was there that he encountered Willi Baumeister and Oskar Schlemmer, with whom he would go on to maintain a close exchange until his death, exerting a strong influence on the pair.

#1965 #kunsthallebern #ottomeyeramden
Jef Geys
Published by Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2021, card (b/w ill.), 21.7 × 15.4 cm, German / English
Price: €1

Invitation card produced on the occasion of the exhibition Jef Geys at Kunsthalle Bern, 29 May–25 July, 2021.

#2021 #jefgeys #kunsthallebern