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  1. Item:MER-1251

    Intuition, Italian edition

    €65.00

    Held at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, the exhibition Intuition brings together historic, modern, and contemporary artworks related to dreams, meditation, telepathy, creative power, and inspiration. Spanning diverse geographies and cultures, it explores how intuition has shaped our collective understanding of art for generations and provokes questions about the origins of creation, which is constantly evolving.

    Therefore, this ambitious project is necessarily to be seen as a work in progress, with leading contemporary artists creating a dialogue with historic works staged within the unique character of Mariano Fortuny’s former home.

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  2. Item:MER-1247

    Intuition, English edition

    €65.00

    Held at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, the exhibition Intuition brings together historic, modern, and contemporary artworks related to dreams, meditation, telepathy, creative power, and inspiration. Spanning diverse geographies and cultures, it explores how intuition has shaped our collective understanding of art for generations and provokes questions about the origins of creation, which is constantly evolving.

    Therefore, this ambitious project is necessarily to be seen as a work in progress, with leading contemporary artists creating a dialogue with historic works staged within the unique character of Mariano Fortuny’s former home.

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  3. Item:MER-1250

    Off Work N°6, Drawing Review

    €13.00

    This magazine shows various drawings in black & white, printed on recycled paper. All drawings are anonymous.

    Off Work Drawing Review is an artwork in progress by Parcifal Neyt, published three times a year by MER. Paper Kunsthalle. www.brangel.com

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  4. Item:MER-1249

    Alphabet, Michel Mouffe

    €45.00

    The book Alphabet shows Michel Mouffe's early work, assambled at random. Mouffe (°1957, Belgium) is a painter who does not paint. His sculpted paintings are made up of many thin glaze layers each adding their own meaning and merging into an almost immaterial surface, a barrel full of possibilities. Mouffe creates breathing bodies with subtle bulges emerging from the interior of the cloth, which behaves as skin: at the same time a protective boundary and a vulnerable opening. A skin that contains and protects, but which is also a passage to the outside world.

    The title Alphabet naturally meant the basics of the work as it stood out for the years to come. They outlined the possibilities this would offer to all future works. The book is percieved as a conversation. Sometimes a monologue Michel Mouffe makes with himself, sometimes between him and Joele Benzakin. Alongside this conversation that is reproduced as a real conversation, full of silences and pauzes, the work is shown on large scale.

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  5. Item:MER-1248

    Hands Of Time (Plein été), Johan De Wilde

    €39.00

    Five years on and the acclaimed Hands of Time has a sequel entitled Hands of Time – Plein été. The second part is an overview of drawings and other works from the period 2012 to 2017 and follows on seamlessly from the first.

    Johan De Wilde’s work seems, if ever that is possible, to have become even more intense and his drawing style to explore new layers.

    The drawings can be seen as the work of a human printer (man created the computer in his own image). They are built up like paintings: a labour-intensive process, layer upon layer of horizontal and vertical lines interwoven with a form, a figure. It is as if he is drawing the canvas on which he paints with his pencils.

    Johan De Wilde draws real time on a scale of 1:1. While his and our time slips by, lines appear, which is another reason why almost every drawing is given the title History + a number. Vita brevis, ars longa.

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  6. Item:MER-1246

    From nul to zero, Henk Peeters

    €39.00

    Henk Peeters (°1925, The Hague) was considered one of the most active members of the Dutch NUL movement. Together with other Dutch artists such as Jan Schoonhoven, Armando and Jan Hendrikse, he formed NUL in the 1960’s, which later joined the international movement ZERO. As a result of growing international contacts, Peeters initiated ‘Zero on Sea’, an art manifestation in the summer of 1965 on a pier in Scheveningen, including about 50 likeminded artists from over ten countries.
    Peeters’ work is closely inspired by daily life and natural phenomena. By using mass-produced clinical materials such as nylon and plastic and assimilating them through processes like fire, ice, snow and mist, he aims to reinitiate the viewer’s consciousness towards his environment.
    The artistic practice of Henk Peeters was known for its diversity in material and technique, going from burned canvasses to readymades bought in chainstores. Often these objects show a strong duality between being both tactile and untouchable. As the artist once said: “with my work, I have always wanted it to look just as fresh as if it was in the HEMA (the Dutch chain store). It must not be artified... I had no need for artistic cotton wool.”

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  7. Item:MER-1244

    MUSEUM II

    €39.00

    This richly illustrated book forms a catalogue of two consecutive years of exhibitions at the cultural centre of Strombeek, located near Brussels. Between 2014 and 2016 CC Strombeek realised five major exhibitions and solo presentations that raised broad subjects and shed new light upon how artists turn relevant content into speaking images. Amongst the projects were solo-exhibitions of Daniel Buren and Kimsooja; an expo on ecology and on the art of drawing; and a historical impression of Japanese Art.

    Next to an extended set of exhibition views, the book brings together a remarkable collection of accompanying essays by contemporary writers. New productions are elucidated by statements and reflections from the artists as almost ‘intimately whispered’ first-hand information.

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  8. Item:MER-1245

    RESONANCES I, FOOD

    €20.00

    This book, an "art book on food", is based on material gathered during RESONANCES I, an ad-hoc project organized by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission at the occasion of the Universal Exhibition EXPO 15: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, held in Milan. 

    The material gathered during the festival has been deconstructed and reconstructed into a new narrative that evokes the need of considering food not only as a mere scientific, technical and commercial matter of fact but also as a social, cultural and political matter of concern.

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  9. Item:MER-1243

    Discuter la Peinture, Nikolaas Demoen

    €29.00

    This artist book accompanies the video installation by Nikolaas Demoen (1965) shown at Mu.ZEE, Oostende Belgium, during the spring and summer of 2017.

    Discuter la Peinture is an installation in which several prominent 20th century French philosophers discuss painting. The book, which contains video stills, paintings and texts by Hans Demeyer and Phillip Van den Bossche, forms an excellent addendum to the exhibition and simultaneously stands as a high-quality publication on its own.

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  10. Item:MER-1240

    The House of Our Fathers, Dirk Braeckman & Jan Lauwers

    €85.00

    This outstanding volume is the trace of an immersion by Dirk Braeckman in the performance The House of Our Fathers by Jan Lauwers & Needcompany at the Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen, Hannover, 2013.
    The photographs having passed Braeckman's dark room, the images, often starting from the same negative, start to compose a universe beyond the event's registration.
    With the boldness of a painter sketching, Dirk Braeckman has set up a series of which this volume can be considered the opening dance.

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