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Mutina enables a display of artists’ books

January 2020

A collaboration between Gregorio Magnani and Nicole Wermers; the new exhibition curated by Gregorio Magnani presents a wide selection of artists’ books within a display designed by artist Nicole Wermers for the Mutina showroom.

Wermers uses coir matting to create a presentation mechanism for the books. Coir, which usually carachterises doormats, is turned from a transitional zone into a display layer.

The artists’ books presented in the exhibition are autonomous artworks, conceived to exist exclusively in this format. Starting from Zang Tumb Tumb, the book-manifesto of Futurism published by Filippo Marinetti in 1912, the exhibition features artists’ books by Kai Althoff, Isa Genzken, Richard Prince, Laura Owens, Hanne Darboven, Christopher Williams, Wolfgang Tillmans, Andy Warhol and up to the most recent experimentations, and narrates the liberating and often disruptive encounter between artistic creativity and the book.

Ironic and evocative, the presentation developed by Nicole Wermers and Gregorio Magnani challenges the rules and hierarchies of display. Coir is lifted from its usage as flooring – traditionally low in the architectural canon of values – and elevated to the height of exhibiting element. The original function of the coir and its coarse texture rubs physically and metaphorically against the books that rest on it.

More at: www.mutina.it

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