Artists’ Books – A Success Story Der Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König

7 May 2022 – 28 August 2022

Press Conference: Fri, 6 May 2022, 11 am
Opening: Fri, 6 May 2022, 7 pm

First artist's book of the publisher: "Objekte, benutzen", Photo: Rademacher/Günzel © Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

The Walther König bookshop and affiliated publishing house are contemporary art education institutions. They exert a decisive influence on developments in art in Germany and the world. In the fifty-four years of the company’s existence, it has opened further sales locations in addition to the original shop at Ehrenstrasse 4 in Cologne. The publishing house has put out more than 4,000 titles, including a large number of artists’ books. The publisher and bookseller Walther König is known for providing many meanwhile famous artists with the first forum ever for the book as art, and for his ongoing support of their development.

The Museum Angewandte Kunst and its Department of Book Art and Graphics are now devoting an exhibition to this special alliance of art, the book, and creative publishing for the first time: a publisher’s portrait along the lines of artists’ books. A fundamental aspect of the show is the inquiry into König’s publicistic strategies, which since the 1960s contributed decisively to the establishment of important art currents and sensitized readers to the phenomenon of the artist’s book

Curator: Dr. Eva Linhart

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Press Conference 6 May 2022 (in German)

Recording of the press conference Artists’ Books – A Success Story Der Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König

With the speakers:

Natali Lina-Pitzer
Head of Press and Public Relations
Museum Angewandte Kunst

Prof. Matthias Wagner K
Museum Angewandte Kunst

Dr. Eva Linhart
Head of the Department of Book Art and Graphics and curator of the exhibition

Walther König
Bookseller and publisher

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