Since 2012 Maike Aden has been working on the reorganisation, documentation and representation of the archive of the publishing house Guy Schraenen Éditeur.
KONTAKT WITH GUY SCHRAENEN
Museo Reina Sofia Madrid
20 February - 5 June 2020
Curator: Maike Aden
The exhibition seeks to illustrate Guy Schraenen’s various projects, approaches and connections as producer, publisher, distributor, collector, curator, and investigator within the international avant-garde and independent art movements of the late 1950s to 1980s. A selection of documents and works will highlight his activities as founder of the Galerie Kontakt (1965-78), the publishing house Guy Schraenen Éditeur (1973-78) and of the Archive for Small Press & Communication (1974-99) together with Anne Marsily. Moreover, it reflects his films, essays, lectures and radio programs as well as his engagement within the publishing group United Untied. It also addresses his projects in international museums as curator of exhibitions and as founding curator of the artists' book collections. All together, the show demonstrates Guy Schraenen's deep concern to take an independent stance towards the canons of the established art system with its defined discourses, implied rituals, and market rules and to make visible "another approach to art history".
GUY SCHRAENEN. A FOREIGNER ABROAD
Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Bruxelles, 26 - 27 janvier 2017
The lecture will reflect on the various activities of Guy Schraenen as publisher, essayist, curator and advisor in the field of artists’ publications: his Galerie Kontakt, his publishing house Guy Schraenen Éditeur, his Archive for Small Press & Communication (A.S.P.C.), his radio programs such as I am an Artist or Freiheit zum Klange (Freedom to sound) his initiative of founding the museum collection of artists' publications A Museum within a Museum (a.o.) and his exhibition projects in various European museums.
COLLECTED WRITINGS GUY SCHRAENEN. ESSAYS, STATEMENTS, INTERVIEWS 1974-2013
Edited by Bettina Brach and Maike Aden. Bremen: Centre for Artists' Publications 2013
The publication of Guy Schraenen’s “Collected Writings” give access to all the texts he has published over four decades, from the 1970s up until the very recent past. They document his abiding interest in the history and the significance of the international networks underlying artists’ publications and initiatives in the 1960s and 1970s. He reflects upon the socio-political and cultural strategies of the artist-initiated art scene, which remained independent of the official art establishment.
The writings are presented in the form of facsimiles of the original publications. Most texts are in English, some in French, several also in other languages. They are available in two versions:
WEBSITE GUY SCHRAENEN ÉDITEUR. ARTISTS' PUBLICATIONS >IN AND OUT OF PRINT<
Project and research: Maike Aden
In the course of the new exploration, documentation and presentation of the archive of the publishing house Guy Schraenen Éditeur, I created a website which is online now. It includes the complete lists with descriptions and photos of the original artists' publications in limited edition by Guy Schraenen Éditeur and of documents and catalogues by the Archive for Small Press & Communication (A.S.P.C.). Presented are the artists’ books, magazines, publication collections, assemblings, postcards, graphics and catalogues, as well as multiples, sound works, film and video recordings etc. Accessible is also a broad selection of ephemera on exhibitions and projects by Guy Schraenen in his Galerie Kontakt, his Archive Space and in many other international venues he collaborated with.
REORGANIZATION, DOCUMENTATION AND REPRESENTATION OF THE ARCHIVE OF THE PUBLISHING HOUSE GUY SCHRAENEN ÉDITEUR
Brussels/Paris, since 2012
Since 2012, Maike Aden has been working on the reorganisation, documentation and representation of the archive of the publishing house Guy Schraenen Éditeur (Antwerp/Paris) which was founded in 1973 and ran until 1978. It comprises all aspects and forms of artists' publications, not only printed matter such as books, newspapers, magazines, postcards, catalogues, posters and photos by artists, but also objects as well as video and film and a very particular commitment to sound art. Included are the published art works by artists such as Ulises Carrión, Lourdes Castro, Henri Chopin, Degottex, Mirtha Dermisache, Peter Downsbrough, François Dufrêne, Françoise Janicot, Brion Gysin, Bernard Villers and many others.