Katarina Gaenssler, group show, ‘Showcase’ at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Schatzkammern
Titled SHOWCASE, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents selected exhibits from its collection of artists’ books, which was started in 1915 and has today reached a top rank on an international level. A quarter of a century has passed since the exhibition “Papiergesänge. Buchkunst im zwanzigsten Jahrhundert” (“Vocal papers. Book art in the twentieth century”). Today, the collection encompasses around 13,000 objects.
SHOWCASE makes reference to the glass cases in which the exhibits can be viewed by the visitors, but also indicates that these objects of contemporary art are collected exemplarily and individually in order to be “shown”, to be exhibited, presented for browsing, but also within the meaning of a “case” for perception, for contemplation. SHOWCASE pursues the goal to effectively bring to bear the dynamism and multi-faceted expressiveness of these books, which are autonomous works of art.
*A symposium within the framework of the exhibition will be held October 23 and 24, 2017.