22.11.2014 – 28.2.2015
With ʻUnikat - Unicum' the Swiss National Library's Prints and Drawings Department launches an exhibition series about its artists' books. It is connected to the Swiss National Science Foundation's three-year project - ‘Artists and
Books (1880-2015): Switzerland as a cultural platform'.
Beyond merely approaching the artists' book as a distinct book form, ʻUnikat - Unicum' takes a closer look at its more extreme manifestation as a unique specimen. It is an invitation to explore this multifaceted and contradictory phenomenon, which is particularly intriguing in connection with the book as an inherently multitudinous medium. In the sense of a compendium, the exhibition will feature works from the late 1950ies up until today offering insight into the varied, experimental, project and process-based artistic work surrounding the artist's book as unicum. The overall endeavour is to find the singular characteristics of the original artistic expression while deliberately distinguishing it from the generally held understanding of something that only exists once. Whether in the form of a note book, a luxury edition with graphical and illustrative decoration, whether as a relic of an artist's practice or an idiosyncratic sculptural creation: They all witness to the uniqueness of the individual conception of the work of art.
Curators: Susanne Bieri, Andrea Giger
A scientific colloquium and two roundtables focusing on the subject of the exhibition will take place on November 21 and 22.
Mon to Fri 10 am–6 pm, Sat 10 am–4 pm
Tours for groups on request
Ausstellungsplakat (PDF, 347 kB, 03.11.2014)Unikat – Unicum. Artists’ books from the Prints and Drawings Department