"Spielplatz" : Works and fetish from Archivio Conz by Michel Morris and Vincent Trasov
06-21-2019 - 08-30-2019
The Archivio Conz is happy to present, in the premises of the Edizioni Conz Raum, “Spielplatz” an exhibition of works and fetish material by Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov from the collection of Francesco Conz.
Since the late 70’s Morris and Trasov started a long friendship with the Italian col- lector, characterized by productive residencies in Asolo and Verona and an important development of ideas, works and collaborations that lasted until Conz died in 2010.
In these days that Morris and Trasov are back in Berlin with the Image Bank show at Kunst-Werke, the Archivio Conz joined forces showing a selection of material that celebrates their history with Conz as well with the city of Berlin where the two Canadian artists lived for many years.
Founded in 1969 by Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov, the Image Bank helped facilitate the exchange of ideas, images and information between artists through the use of the postal system. Image Bank compiled and printed address and image re- quests lists that were sent to participants through the mail creating an open ended decentralized method of networking. The possibilities inherent in this kind of activity are limited only by the imagination so it is not hard to draw parallels between the pioneering work of the Image Bank and the later development of e-mail and the internet.
Archivio Conz houses artworks, documents, editions and personal belongings collected and catalyzed by Francesco Conz (Cittadella, 1935 – Verona, 2010) over the course of more than 30 years; first assembled in his house in Asolo and later at the ‘Secret Museum’ outside Verona. The Edizioni Conz comprise his unique publishing project, which he started in 1972 producing numerous editions and multiples with the help and assistance of the most refined craftsmen of the Veneto region. More than a collector, he worked closely with artists of the main artistic avantgarde movements of his time: Fluxus, Viennese Actionism, ZAJ, Lettrisme, Concrete Poetry, Visual and Sound Poetry and Gorgona. He left a collection of more than 3000 items by over 150 artists that are now stored in Berlin.
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.