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  1. Item:MER-1249

    Alphabet

    €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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  2. Item:MER-1248

    Hands Of Time, Plein été

    €35.00

  3. Item:MER-1247

    Intuition

    €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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Item:MER-1237

    The Age of Entitlement, Sven 't Jolle

    €35.00

    This publication functions as a pocket guide to ’t Jolle’s engaging and protean practice in which he utters a humorous critique on capitalism. By fusing historical references and citations from everyday life, t’Jolle creates eloquent constellations of images and forms that often unveil disparities in our contemporary society.

    Inspired by the form of an illustrated encyclopaedia, the book adopts an unusual approach to combining image and text. Grouping the artist’s work under his poetic entry headings, it reveals how he returns to themes of migration, labour and capital under various guises. In addition to photographs from ’t Jolle’s WIELS exhibition and illustrations of earlier works, the book features three new texts: an exploration of the exhibition’s themes by its curator, Zoë Gray; an interview with the artist by art critic Koen Kleijn; and an analysis of his sketchbook practice and his decision to make all his sketchbooks available online by curator Blair French.

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  9. Item:MER-1238

    Even I must understand it, Benjamin Verdonck

    €29.00

    Benjamin Verdonck (1972) is a versatile artist, an actor, a writer and a producer of theatre. Between 2015 and 2017 he realised a project 'EVEN I MUST UNDERSTAND IT' in which he demonstrates that art can redesign the public spaces and the society. The projects in 'EVEN I MUST UNDERSTAND IT' took different shapes through the process, like a representation, a lecture, an exhibition or an installation in a public space. The book is a compilation of the two year project, where all projects will be discussed thoroughly.

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  10. Item:MER-1235

    Through the Looking Glass, Michel Couturier

    €38.00

    The project for this book has a programmatic quality, like a prefiguration of future works. Perhaps it also works like a mirror—like an optical machine in any case—that brings together distant things, various times, experiences, places, and forms (drawings, photos, writing, etc.), and that’s exactly what Michel Couturier set out to do. He's trying to find temporal breadth in these places, and (re)discover their meaning, which is perhaps more lost than concealed. 

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