The Edizioni Conz Raum showcases selected works and editions from the Archivio Conz in the city. A series of Guided Tours and performance projects by artists will activate the presentations throughout the year. The Edizioni Conz Raum shares its spaces with Outset Germany/ Switzerland in the premises of Kunstwerke Berlin and is open from Wednesday-Saturday from 11-6pm.

Daniel Spoerri "Eggcyklopaedia"
04-26-2019 - 06-15-2019

When she asks him about the egg over lunch in Vienna, he says it started with language like everything he’s done. He started by circling the word egg in every book he read and then writing down the sentences around it. “When I started collecting variations all the different elements just started appearing, so I gathered them, later friends added elements and the collection evolved.” A waiter comes to take their order and she remembers walking through Spoerri’s many assortments of things, small porcelain heads, wooden walking poles, metal frogs, furry masks. Variations, he says, every variation of a thing teaches him something about the thing and then about himself. Assortments of curiosities she thinks and how they continue to tell stories about the circle of life. Daniel Spoerri creates art out of found objects that lose their function as soon as he integrates them into his works, leave their old life to start a new one. “That was one of the few pieces Conz actually collected, in a classical way, normally he was doing things differently than anyone I knew, (he smiles).” Plates come and other are taken away. “And when did you know it was finished?” “It was never finished, you just stop. Would you like another glass of wine?”
An extract from a conversation between Yael Salomonowitz and Daniel Spoerri

 

Daniel Spoerri (Galați, Romania, 1930, lives and works and Vienna, Austria) is a Swiss artist and writer. Spoerri is best known for his “snare-pictures,” in which he captures a group of objects, such as the remains of meals eaten by individuals, including the plates, silverware and glasses, all of which are fixed to the table or board, which is then displayed on a wall. Spoerri was one of the original signers of the Nouveau Réalisme (New Realism) manifesto and is closely associated with the Fluxus movement. He was a close friend and collaborator of Conz, produced various editions with him and largely contributed to Conz’s so-called Fetish collection, every day objects turned into art, without alteration, elevated by the action of the artist’ choice.

More about Daniel Spoerri here


Emmett Williams “Fluxus Cathedral”
21.02.–28.04.19

For the Stained-glass Windows of the Fluxus Cathedral:

…All these funny little people, who are they, where do they come from, and where are they going? I don’t think they are self-portraits, although they do creep into a lot of my works. They have been keeping me company as far back as I can remember, even as a child, ever-present doodles dancing in and out of a kind of automatic drawing.
They have danced their permutational dance on a mountaintop in Japan, on wooden wheels carved by native craftsmen in Kenya, at a Fluxus festival in Korea, on real stained glass in Verona, in a variety of prints and paintings, and here they are in the black marble hall of the former Imperial Castle in Poznan. Keep going, little fellows, and who knows where you’ll end up. In a real cathedral, maybe, some day.

—Emmett Williams Berlin, 1991

“Emmett Williams uses humour and mock seriousness with an underlying serious intent in a way that is characteristic of Fluxus performance.
His participation in Fluxus group activities and collaborative projects started in the late 1950s. Maciunas proposed Fluxus as a complex of different approaches to art, music and poetic practice, evident before this in the work of Marcel Duchamp. These involved chance operations, influenced by Duchamp and composer John Cage, for example in the first ‘happening’, and the ideas of gesture proposed by writer Antonin Artaud. For Emmett Williams ‘Fluxus simply provided a forum, free from the entanglements of the art establishment’, in which many artists could demonstrate their works in the company of kindred spirits.” 1

Emmett Williams (Greenville, US, 1925 – Berlin, DE, 2007)
Emmett Williams was an American poet and visual artist. He was married to British visual artist Ann Nöel. Williams spent most of his later life in Europe. His highly productive oeuvre finds form in written and performative expressions. He translated and “reanecdoted” Daniel Spoerri’s “Topographie anecdotée du hasard” (An Anecdoted Topography of Chance), collaborated with Claes Oldenburg on Store Days, and edited An Anthology of Concrete Poetry, all published by the Something Else Press, which was owned and managed by fellow Fluxus artist Dick Higgins. From the mid-1960s through the early 1970s Williams was editor in chief of the Something Else Press. Francesco Conz and Williams were friends and collaborators for more than thirty years and produced numerable editions and works together in Asolo and Verona.

1. Allen Fisher, ‘A Matter of For and Against: Emmett Williams and Porter’s Wrinkle’, in Sophie Halart (ed.), In Focus: Wrinkle 1968 by Liliana Porter, Tate Research Publication, 2018.

More about Emmett Williams here


Eugen Gomringer (unikat and editions)
15.01.–16.02.19

Archivio Conz and Outset Germany_Switzerland are pleased to announce the opening of Edizioni Conz in the joint premises of Kunst-Werke Berlin. In 2019, Archivio Conz will present select works and editions that will be the focus of a series of exhibitions. In this way, the extraordinary oeuvre of Francesco Conz will be made accessible to the general public.

Archivio Conz houses works of art, documents, editions and personal exhibits collected by Francesco Conz (Cittadella, 1935–Verona, 2010) over a period of more than 30 years, first in his house in Asolo and later in the Secret Museum outside Verona. Conz, who was far more than just a collector, worked closely together with the artists of the most important avant-garde movements of his time, including Fluxus, Viennese Actionism and concrete poetry. He left behind a collection of more than 3,000 objects by over 150 artists, which are now archived in Charlottenburg.

The main focus now is not only on documenting and cataloguing all the works in the archive, but also on reconnecting them with the stories of their past and the realities they may represent in the future. The archive in Charlottenburg can be visited upon appointment. A selection of editions is available for sale (www.edizioniconz.com). In 2018, Archivio Conz and Supportico Lopez held a series of events together with the Berlin Performance Agency at various locations in the city, inviting contemporary artists to re-examine the material at hand.

Archivio Conz is now expanding its manifold activities in Berlin and is opening Edizioni Conz at Kunst-Werke Berlin from 15 January 2019 onwards. The first exhibition will present select editions and unique works by one of the fathers of concrete poetry, Eugen Gomringer (born on 20 January 1925 in Cachuela Esperanza, Bolivia). Conz and Gomringer shared a long friendship and many forms of collaboration. Today, Gomringer lives in Rehau, Bavaria, where he heads the Institute for Constructive Art and Concrete Poetry (IKKP).

Thanks to this event in collaboration with Archivio Conz, art will be publicly exhibited for the first time in the premises of Outset Germany_Switzerland. This emphasises Outset’s role as a constant and committed partner in contemporary art and culture. Since its founding as a non-profit organisation in London in 2003 by Candida Gertler and Yana Peel, Outset has promoted contemporary art, artists and cultural institutions worldwide. Outset is unique in this mediating role: there is no comparable organisation that passes on both private and institutional funds to the recipients without any deductions, thus enabling new art to be purchased or created for the general public.

More about Eugene Gomringer here