Anti-Art, Anti-Artist, Anti-Exhibition, Anti-Design, Anti-Architecture, Anti-Technology, Anti-Msuic, Anti-Cinema, Anti-Writing, Anti-Culture, Anti-University, Anti-Philosophy, Anti-Religion.
An Anthology by Mathieu Copeland & Balthazar Lovay. Catalogue. Fribourg 2016/17. Einl. von Mathieu Copeland. Beitr. von Zach Blas, Johannes Cladders, Beatriz Colomina, Henry Flint, Kenneth Goldsmith, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Robert Morris, Bob Nickas, Sören Schmeling, Reiko Tomii, Jon Hendricks & Jean Toche. Interviews von John Armleder, Robert Barry, Ben & Genesis P-Orridge. 17 x 23 cm. 792 pages, 310 ills.
The museum is constantly a target for criticism, whether it comes from artists, thinkers, curators, or even the public. From the avant-gardes of the twentieth century up until our contemporary era, the museum s suspect position has generated countless gestures, iconoclastic actions, scathing attacks, utopias, and alternative exhibition spaces. For the first time, this anthology is devoted to the anti-museum, through anti-art, the anti-artist, anti-exhibition, as well as anti-architecture, anti-philosophy, anti-religion, anti-cinema and anti-music. This notion - unpatented but regularly reappropriated - traces the erratic, fractured, and sometimes paradoxical counter-history of the contestation of artistic institutions. From the first anti-exhibition to the first catalog retracing the history of "Closed Exhibitions" from Dada to Noise music, from "Everything is Art" to NO!art, the Japanese avant-gardes to Lettrist cinema, and not forgetting such major protest figures as Gustav Metzger, Henry Flynt, Graciela Carnevale, and Lydia Lunch, The Anti-Museum sketches a polyphonic panorama where negation is accompanied by a powerful breath of life.