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Remy Zaugg (1943-2005)

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Remy Zaugg was a Swiss painter, primarily known as a conceptual artist. He played an important role as both a critic and observer of contemporary culture, especially with regards to the perception of space and architecture.

This is how the biography of Zaugg on Widewalls starts, but there is of course much more to be told about Zaugg. Zaugg will be one of the great Swiss artists and because of the interest the dutch curators had and still have in Swiss artists ( there are many swiss artists in dutch public collections ) these artists are presented frequently in the Netherlands. Look at the history of the Gemeentemuseum ( Hodler, Gerstner, Lohse ) Stedelijk Museum ( Tinguely, Raetz and Lohse ) and the van Abbemuseum ( Lohse and Zaugg).

They all have a history with Swiss artists. The last one , the van Abbemuseum had a special exhibition on Remy Zaugg. and with this one of the first typically “RUDI FUCHS” catalogues was published. Hardly any illustrations, but functional text in a functional sober design…personally i love these catalogues and some of them are available at www.ftn-books.com. I will highlight two of them in this blog. Both are rare and typically for the van ~Abbemuseum books published in the eighties. The catalogues by Zaugg and Ian Wilson are well worth collecting.

 

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Haags Gemeentemuseum..Nederlandse Beeldhouwkunst, 1951.

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An exhibition from 1951, an important exhibition of which i noticed that many of the sculptures are now part of the permanent collection, but what makes this publication even more special is that it is a very large publication for those days. It contains 62 pages and…… a plan for the exhibition. I had never seen the publication before but the plan makes it even more special. It shows the importance of the exhibition and the scale must have been enormous for those days. It was so large that it needed a plan not to get lost. This plan is what i want to share with you, because it is very special. The publication is for sale at www.ftn-books.com or you can exchange this for the Erwin Olaf publication…Erwin Olaf – I am. A historic publication for a future collectible photobook.

(please note that the Gemeentemuseum was open in the evening too)

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Rennweg by Rudi Fuchs (1985)

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Rudi Fuchs (1984)

When i first learned that Rudi Fuchs would become the new director of the Haags Gemeentemuseum, i started following his career back and noticed some impressive exhibitions which were held at the Castello di Rivoli near Torino a modern art museum of which he was artistic director between 1984 and 1990.

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The artists that he presented at that location were soon to become household names in the years he was director and head curator of the Haags Gemeentemuseum. The “Rennweg” book with art by Nitsch, Brus, Pichler , Attersee and Rainer was one of the first from the Castello di Rivoli that was available at the bookshop of the Haags Gemeentemuseum and now the circle is completed since i recently bought a” lot” at auction…all from the former library of Rudi Fuchs and within these…the RENNWEG catalogue which is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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OSSIP (1952)…. a documentary

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Just because personally i think that Ossip is one of the most important contemporary artists in the Netherlands and because he has an exhibition currently at galerie Ramakers, i want to share the documentary that was broadcasted yesterday on dutch television. It shows  Ossip (Snoeck) and his father Jan Snoeck at work in their studios. They both have a very personal and authentic approach to their art and the universe Ossip creates and has created with his “sculptures”

is one of a kind. here is the link and ….enjoy.

https://www.avrotros.nl/close-up/gemist/detail/item/ossip-van-vader-op-zoon-21-02-2019/

www.ftn-books.com has on both artists publications available

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Alessandro Mendini dies at the age of 87

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Within 24 hours two great artists have died shortly after each other. Yesterday, Karl Lagerfeld died and this morning i learned that the architect of the Groninger Museum and the founder of the Studio Alchemia mouvement has died 24 hours before. I am a great fan of Mendini and in the Nineties i was glad to hear that he was chosen to be the architect of the Groninger Museum. Since i have visited the museum numerous times and i am always impressed with the wealth of details within this great Mendini building.

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Allessandro Mendini, a greart multidisciplined artist , but above all a friendly, kind personality. 16th august 1931 – 18th February 2019

Some of Mendini’s publications are availabel at www.ftn-books.com

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Anton Josef Trčka (1893-1940)

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Because of the Weston blog from yesterday, a book title reminded me of Anton Josef Trčka. Another photography pioneer who’s work is closely related to the Vienna art movement from around 1900. Klimt and Schiele were personal friends and the friendship resulted in some great photographs. Photographs that show that the poses Schiele takes in his drawings and paintings are deliberate poses.

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These are highly important photographs and these make Trcka at least as relevant for modern photography as Weston and Newton were a few decades later. The title below is available at www.ftn-books.com

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Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019)

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Karl Lagerfeld dies at the age of 85 today.  Cat lover and fashion designer he mostly will be remembered for the fashion he designed in the years he designed Haute Couture and pret a Porter for Chanel. His muse Claudia Schiffer was feautured in many catalogues published in those years of which some are availabel at www.ftn-books.com

Beside fashion he had two other great loves.. first of all his cat Choupette and secondly photography, because beside his fashion designs he was a very accomplished and talented photograper too.

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Keith Sonnier (1941) …the light master

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I have stolen this title from the German Lufthansa magazine. They did an article on Sonnier . the article included an interview, a video and some photographs. For those who do not know anything about Keith Sonnier I judge this as one of the best short introductions to THE LIGHT MASTER. The article, including a short video, can be found here:

https://magazin.lufthansa.com/xx/en/people-en/light-artist-keith-sonnier-the-light-master/

and for those who are searching for classic Sonnier publications. please look for them at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Hélène Delprat (1957)

For me Hélène Delprat is the french equivalent of Jean-Michel Basquiat. She has the same free approach to what a good painting is as basquiat had and with this perspective on painting she has developed a style of her own. recognizable and appealing to many, but certainly not to all. I like what she does and beside the publications which are available at www.ftn-books.com, i still have a wish to one day acquire a drawing by Delprat. Ther were several editions done by galerie Ameght in the eighties and nineties, but recent works are harder to find by the year.  Here is Delprat interviewed at her exhibition at Caen:

 

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Holland in Vorm 1987

I remember it well. It was the first time i met with Jan van Capellen, the responsible person who had the same  function at the Boymans van Beuningen Museum as i had with the Gemeentemuseum at that time and we carried box after box with one of the heaviest catalogues ever produced by the combined (important) dutch museums. Within the project the Stedelijk Museum, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem Gemeentemuseum, Museum Boymans van Beuningen and Centraal Museum Utrecht all participated and all had a different approach and subject on dutch design. The overall design of posters and catalogues was executed by Anthon Beeke and Swip Stolk. Unfortunately the catalogue was at that time not the success the museums had hoped it would be , but now…. over 30 years later, it is a sought after collectable catalogue. One that inspires and was at the start of the dutch design mouvement which is now collected all over the world. Catalogue and exhibition posters are available at www.ftn-books.com