Book Launches – Elena Narbutaite & saxpublishers


9. Dezember 2017 19:00 - 23:59

Kunstverein München e.V.

Galeriestraße 4

Book launch

Elena NarbutaitÄ & saxpublishers
Samstag, 9. Dezember 2017
19 Uhr

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Elena NarbutaitÄ’s Publikation ‚Alex‘ ist die zehnte in der Companion-Reihe des Kunstvereins und ist im Rahmen ihrer einjährigen Ausstellung im Foyer entstanden.

Felix Gaudlitz und Alexander Nussbaumer des 2014 in Wien gegründeten Verlags saxpublishers werden einen Einblick in ihre Firmenphilosophie geben und über ihre aktuellste Publikation ‚The English Garden in Munich‘, ein 1994 verfasster Text von Jochen Klein und Thomas Engerer, reden.

‚Alex‘ is the 10th publication in Kunstverein München’s Companion series, and was produced during ‚Alex‘ – a light programme by Elena NarbutaitÄ in Kunstverein München’s Foyer, which began on New Year’s Eve 2016 in Vilnius, and ended on New Year’s Eve 2017 in Vilnius. ‚Alex‘ was edited by Elena NarbutaitÄ and Julie Peeters, and has 48 pages in black-and-white and color, which feature an extended correspondence between Elena NarbutaitÄ and Candice Lin, as well as dialogue excerpted from the 1994 Atom Egoyan film ‚Exotica‘, a caption by Chris Fitzpatrick, an unbound ‘filmstrip’, a textual intervention by Goda BudvytytÄ & Bernardo José de Souza, various visual contributions by An Breugelmans, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Alix Eynaudi, Ieva KabašinskaitÄ, Elena NarbutaitÄ, OnutÄ NarbutaitÄ, Julie Peeters, Viktorija Rybakova, Cécile Tonizzo, and a reproduction of a painting by August Kopisch. Designed by Julie Peeters.

saxpublishers is a Vienna-based publishing house for artists’ books and was founded in 2014 by Felix Gaudlitz and Alexander Nussbaumer. Their most recent publication is ‚The English Garden in Munich‘ by Jochen Klein & Thomas Eggerer, who initially started their collaboration by co-authoring texts for the catalogue of Die Utopie des Designs, a show at the Kunstverein Munich, Germany, curated by Helmut Draxler in 1994. They continued writing together, resulting in the essay ‚The English Garden in Munich‘, which was published by saxpublishers in 2017 for the first time.

In the spring of 1994 Thomas Eggerer and Jochen Klein placed a message board on the outside wall of a public toilet, in proximity to the English Garden. The work Leave a message—respectively the documentation of the installation —was part of the show ‚Oh Boy, It’s A Girl‘ (19 July–11 September 1994) at Kunstverein München, curated by Astrid Wege and Hedwig Saxenhuber. The message board was conceived as a communication tool between gay men to get in touch with each other in a public space.
The essay describes the development of French garden architecture, its transition into English garden architecture and the body culture related to it. The text is divided in seven chapters, as well as a prologue and concludes with pointing out the contemporary use of the park as a gay cruising area.
This publication marks the first time that the essay “The English Garden in Munich” is published.