Suiza constructiva Authors: Patricia Molins, Richard Paul Lohse, Max Bill, Serge Lemoine, Rudolf Koella, Sigfried Giedion, Rudolf Steiger, Stanislaus von Moos, Christoph Bignens, Hans Finsler, Martin Gasser 2003 22 x 22 cm 290 pages Text in spanish Publisher: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Supported by ARCO 2003, the book is dedicated to swiss graphic design, and some complementary graphic design expression, curated by Harald Szeemann, some years before this show. This catalog have a generation of Swiss artists, led by Max Bill, ex-bauhaus student, he assimilated the lessons and developed, between 1920’s & the 1950’s, a global project, from painting and sculpture, irradiated in the industrial and graphic design, in architecture, photography and fashion. Thus, the texts are analyzed, among other things, housing solutions, furniture design, or evolution of concrete art training called “Swiss Style ‘.
A lover writes a letter to his beloved. Reducing his emotions to the letters of the alphabet, he writes words. He buys a stamp and puts the letter through a slit provided by the state institution called Post Office. This institution sells the letters to a paper factory. The paper factory pulps the letters and manufactures notepaper from the pulp. The lover buys two sheets of this notepaper and writes more than the first time, since he has received no reply.
DEAR WOLF I FIND IT REPULSIVE AFTER ANALYSIS OF PRESENT HISTORICAL SITUATION TO PLAY OLD ARTFART HAPPENING GAMES TO ENTERTAIN RULING CLASS STOP TIME HAS COME TO DECIDE WHAT WE WANT STOP REAL LIFE IS ONLY PLACE TO CREATE CHANGE SINCERELY YOURS JEAN JACQUES LEBEL
Telegram from Jean-Jacques Lebel to Wolf Vostell, rejecting his invitation to be part of the exhibition he was co-curating with Harald Szeemann for the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Happening & Fluxus, 1970
Otto Mühl’s Manopsychotic Ballet, as part of Happening & Fluxus, curated by Harald Szeemann at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in 1970. Photographed by Balthasar Burkhard. An excellent essay by Philip Ursprung on the performance is here.