Artists and Books 1880–2015

Stéphan Landry, ʻWhy not’, Carnets de Rome, 5 cahiers, Rome 1997–1997
Stéphan Landry, ʻWhy not’, Carnets de Rome, 5 cahiers, Rome 1997–1997
© Succession de Stéphan Landry

The “Artists and Books” research project provides the first ever overview of the Swiss artists’ book, investigates its status as an art object, and offers a new definition of the term.

The “Artists and Books” research project sets out to conduct an academic appraisal of Swiss artists’ books held by the Swiss National Library (NL) and other national and international collections. It presents the first ever overview of the Swiss artists’ book, investigates its status as an art object, and redefines what the term means. Helveticat, the NL’s library catalogue, forms the basis for definition and categorisation. Academic research into the artists’ book as a cultural phenomenon is a major addition to scholarship on Swiss art history from 1880 to 2015. The project is also a contribution to cultural history in the broader sense: multilingual and therefore multicultural in nature, the works analysed highlight both the national and the international dimension of the Swiss artists’ book.

Heads of project: Prof. Philippe Kaenel (Art History Department, University of Lausanne), Dr. Susanne Bieri (Prints and Drawings Department, Swiss National Library)

Project team: Dr. Nathalie Dietschy (SNSF Senior Researcher), Gina De Micheli, M.A. (doctoral student, SNSF/UNIL), Andrea Giger, M.A. (scientific assistant), Etienne Wismer (assistant)

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