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Published by the Prints and Drawings Department of the Swiss National Library
In 1996, the "Nouveau-Réaliste" and und Fluxus artist Daniel Spoerri donated his entire archive to the National Library, or "Bibliometrie" as he himself referred to the documentation setup of his artistic activities. The publication opens up a glimpse into this valuable collection, consisting of correspondences with numerous artist friends, photographs, pictures, publications, artistic books, posters, invitations to exhibitions as well as film and audio documents. It includes texts by Susanne Bieri and Betty Stocker.
Publisher Lars Müller, Baden, 1997, in German and French, 80 pages, with numerous color and black and white illustrations, size 18 x 23 cm, design: Franziska Schott & Marco Schibig, CHF 32.-, ISBN 3-907044-41-X
Swiss little masters, photographs, postcards, posters, portfolio
Published by Susanne Bieri, Prints and Drawings Department of the Swiss National Library
The five-part publication researches and compares the various media with a focus on the Swiss Rhine. It starts off with the water color series "De Bâle aux source du Rhin" in the Gugelmann collection, part of the Prints and Drawings Department of the Swiss National Library. With the rise of tourism during the middle of the 18th century, Swiss alpines and river plains became worthy of images. The next stop is at the Swiss little masters' graphics collection, then on to photography, tourist posters and post card production; today in artistic books and portfolios. In the debate on a changing landscape, the authors question the viewpoints and economic meaning of commissioned art production; awarded a prize as one of the most beautiful Swiss books 2003. Design: Franziska Schott & Marco Schibig.
Schwabe publishing house, Basle, 2003, in German and French
Volume 1: Ulrich Schenk, Swiss little masters, 220 pages with 48 illustrations; 22 in color,
CHF 38.-, ISBN 3-7965-2031-6
Volume 2: Silvie Henguely, photographs, 172 pages with 66 illustrations; 28 in color, CHF 28.-,
Volume 3: Barbara Piatti, Postcards, 136 pages with 123 illustrations; 91 in color, CHF 28.-,
Volume 4: Anne Pastori Zumbach, posters, 112 pages with 52 illustrations; 28 in color, CHF 28.-, ISBN 3-7965-2034-0
Volume 5: Susanne Bieri/Marco Schibig, Portfolio, 80 pages with 45 illustrations; 16 in color,
CHF 28.-, ISBN 3-7965-2035-9
Volumes 1-5 in slipcase, CHF 140.-, ISBN 3-7965-2030-8
Art, photography, literature
Published by Peter Erismann
Relationships between Switzerland and India are diverse and go back some time in art, photography and literature. The book documents the affinity between both cultures with a focus on the Swiss viewpoint and collects texts by Mulk Raj Anand, Tapan Bhattacharya, Peter Erismann, Annemarie Etter, Martin Frank, Bernhard Imhasly, Markus Imhoof, Rätus Luck, Stanislaus von Moos, Peter Pfrunder, Constantin Regamay, Isolde Schaad, Maria Wüthrich-Sarnowska as well as diary extracts from Ella Maillard. Three photographic portfolios by Manuel Bauer (Calcutta), Thomas Flechtner (Chandigarh) and Felix von Muralt (Visitors, Residents and Friends) enrich the volume; awarded a price as one of the most beautiful Swiss books 1997. Design: Lars Müller.
Lars Müller publishing house, Baden, 1997, 232 pages, German, with numerous black and white and colored illustrations, size 27.5 x 21 cm, CHF 40.-, ISBN 3-907044-41-X
Published by Susanne Bieri and Mechthild Heuser
The photographic portrait collection at the Swiss National Library includes some 60,000 illustrations. The publication displays a selection of some 200 personalities and clearly illustrates how the term Elite has changed over the last 150 years and who was once and is now considered notable. Rare Daguerrotypes of General Dufour and Albert Anker represent the pioneering age of photography. The series of contemporary photographers provides a concluding highlight. The contemporary portraits show, in addition to intellecturals, artists, military and clerics, ex-business managers such as Marcel Ospel, top chefs such as Philppe Rochat and media stars including Kurt Aeschbacher and Michelle Hunziker.
Schwabe publishing house, Basle, 2005, in German and French, 256 pages, 214 illustrations, size 17.5 x 23 cm, design: Franziska Schott & Marco Schibig, CHF 58.-, ISBN 3-7965-2158-4
Schwabe Verlag, Basel, zweisprachig Deutsch und Französisch, 256 Seiten, 214 Abbildungen, Format 17,5 x 23 cm, Gestaltung: Franziska Schott & Marco Schibig, Fr. 58.-, ISBN 3-7965-2158-4
The Prints and Drawings Department at the Swiss National Library owns a comprehensive collection of posters that play with the Swiss foundational myth of Wilhelm Tell in various ways. This trove of serious, comical, artistic and comic, moralizing and political posters (and the some 150 images provided in the book) is dealt with for the first time in Mechthild Heuser's contribution set to the backdrop of Schiller's Wilhelm Tell. Other art historical essays approach the topic of Tell as well as the myth of Switzerland in general, by focusing on painting, graphics, architecture and photography. Tell in literature - from Schiller via Jeremias Gotthelf up to Max Frisch, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Gertrud Leutenegger, Charles-Albert Cingria or Otto Marchi - is just as much a target as Tell's exploits in folk music; even including exploring the meaning of Tell on the psychiatrist's couch.
Tell im Visier. Mechthild Heuser and Irmgard Wirtz, publishers. Publishing house Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich, 2007. 396 pages including some 200 color and black and white images, with foldout (CHF 48, ISBN 978-3-85881-202-5).
To order: firstname.lastname@example.org (including postage and handling); directly at the reception for the Swiss National Library, Hallwylstrasse 15, Berne (no credit cards please) or at your local bookstore.
Published by Susanne Bieri and Walther Fuchs
A rich and comprehensive collection that takes on the topic of historical traditions of library architecture as well as possible future projects. Eight architectural teams of the latest generation from all parts of Switzerland were tasked to design a "CH national library 2020" as a model for discussion and utopia, i.e. free of constraints of location and finances. It includes articles by the publisher and from Jan Assmann, Dorothée Bauerle-Willert, Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Anna Klingmann, Werner Oechslin, Jean Roudaut, Adolf Max Vogt and artistic contribution by Thomas Huber "Andere Bibliotheken" (other libraries).
Birkhäuser publishing house, Basle, 2001, 528 pages, in German, French and English, with numerous color and black and white illustrations, size 17 x 25 cm, design: Vaclav Pozarek, CHF 50, ISBN 3-7643-6429-7
Published by Peter Erismann and Rätus Luck
A "Helvetian" alphabet in the form of a more than 15-meter long Leporello (folding) card, from A like "Alps" to L like "Le Corbusier" to Z like "Zoé", using 26 keywords to tell 26 stories. Panorama-like photographs by Marco Schibig provide an inkling in four journeys through the Swiss National Library's storeroom that "the library has no end in sight" (Jorge Luis Borges). Includes texts by the publisher as well as Olivier Bauermeister and Beat Gugger; awards from the "Art Directors Club Switzerland" and "Type and Art Directors Club New York". Design: Gerhard Blättler, Andréas Netthoevel, Martin Gaberthüel.
Leporello, 1995, in German and French, printed on both sides, folded 21 x 29.5 cm, CHF 25.-, ISBN 3-08189-01-2
Published and written by Rätus Luck
The miraculous library: Borges and Eco have described it. The book tries less to describe the miracle that is the National Library and its collection as to map it, in duplicate as well. No two miracles are alike. Our miracle is a Helvetian miracle, neither a wonder of the world nor a world of wonders, or is it? You will marvel at the book, born in an exhibition, from the most knowledgeable connoisseur of the library to date. Topics: "Bestsellers from here to somewhere else; Eating, drinking, amusement; Which club would you like? Helvetica: forgotten, never published, fictitiously added" and more. Photographs by Marco Schibig and Dominique Uldry.
2002, in German, French, Italian, 112 pages, 16 colored illustrations, size 23 x 33 cm, design: Franziska Schott & Marco Schibig, CHF 36.-, ISBN 3-908189-01-02
It reprints the opening script from 1931 and documents the renovation and expansion 1994 to 2001. Peter Meyer, 1931 editor of "Das Werk", describes in detail the modern renovation of the Swiss National Library, its facilities and the technology. The pictures by photographer Franz Henn are to this day time capsules from construction to bookcases as a comprehensive ensemble of the architects Alfred Oeschger, Josef Kaufmann and Emil Hostettler. The SNL is still considered an important witness of the early moderate modern in Switzerland. The architects Furrer, Gossenreiter, Stuber modernized and carefully renovated it and, to some extent, reconstructed the interior. Color photos by Marco Schibig document the new phase of construction. Text by Christoph Allenspach.
Two-part publication, German, 60 pages (Reprint 1931), 68 pages (documentation 2001) with numerous black and white and color illustrations and photographs, size: 21 x 29,5 cm, design: Franziska Schott & Marco Schibig, CHF 30.-, ISBN 3-907078-62-4
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