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Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
30 Jahre Kunst

The eighth instalment in Kunstverein München’s ‘Companion’ series, this “Verkaufskatalog” contains images, prices, material descriptions, and gallery designations for each of the works by artists Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys included in the exhibition ‘30 Jahre Kunst’. The diverse spectrum of the duo’s collaborative practice – drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, kinetic objects, and videos – is represented over the book’s 192 pages, all printed in black and white. In addition, a number of lost, destroyed, or forgotten works are featured, as well as new works that were specially commissioned for the exhibition.

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Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
Die Schmutzigen Puppen Von Pommern

Part document, part photographic album, this book by artist duo Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys captures the sculptural revisionings of the descendants of an executioner family from Greifswald in Pomerania, a historical region on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea. The “dirty puppets” are weary, the clothing worn in by history, their story line deadpan and fable-like. In the twelfth century, the family amassed a fortune through the management and maintenance of the gallow fields; their influence also extended to the judiciary and its decision making. After three generations in power, the empire suddenly and inexplicably collapsed. It was said that the frenzy of executions was the reason for the downfall. The family descendents left to roam Pomerania, relegated to a fate of taunt and mockery.
Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’s images form an allegory for human behavior under social and psychological pressure, and expose, not without humor, the bankruptcy of humanity.

Copublished with The Power Station, Dallas, on occasion of the eponymous exhibition, April 8−June 12, 2015.

Edition of 1000 copies.

Design by Boy Vereecken and Harald Thys

The Power Station is a not-for-profit contemporary art space in Exposition Park, Dallas, Texas, founded by Janelle and Alden Pinnell in 2011. It is housed in a former Dallas Power & Light building which was constructed in 1920, and hosts large scale exhibitions which compliment the building’s raw architecture. For each of its international exhibitions, The Power Station works with the artists to produce a publication in conjunction with their project, limited to 1000 copies. Its programming also includes a summer exhibition and additional events each year. The building includes an apartment where artists can live as they create and build their installations. The first exhibitor was American artist Oscar Tuazon.

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H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger's Necronomicon

With an introduction by Clive Baker and numerous texts by HR Giger as well as texts by Fritz Billeter and Simon Vinkenoog and a tribute from Salvador Dali.

“The “Necronomicon” is a legendary magical book that is kept in inaccessible places only in a few, incompletely preserved specimens because it could have disastrous consequences if it fell into the wrong hands. It was written down around 730 AD in Yemen by the legendary Abdul Al Azred. It is said to tell of things and events that took place in the gray age, and illustrations of uncanny creatures lurking in the depths of the earth and the seas, one day destroying mankind and striking the world.
Al Azred’s “Necronomicon” is a kind of museum of the most wonderful abominations and perversions. The well-known writer HP Lovecraft was the first to report in his “Cthulhu” mythology of this work. Many other science fiction and fantasy writers have quoted this fictional work time and again, but it has only become a visual reality in “HR Giger’s Necronomicon”!”

“Giger always opens up new approaches to the origins of our psyche,” writes Clive Baker in his foreword. “He is planning for us to go, encouraged by the knowledge that others have gone before this path, and only a few artists are able to give such impulses, and if we follow Giger, we are initially afraid of our mental health. And quickly recognize that the supposed new territory has countless stations that are connected with our familiar life. For, after all, we are no strangers: Giger points the direction into the world in which we must return, where we pledge our pledge, to pay the tithes which we owe. Giger’s world is the place of our own taboos, and only our own disregard makes him appear frightening, sullen, “alien” (alien). (…) Giger’s work calls us to the common ground of the unconscious, where, though we sometimes alienate ourselves from it, we are never really strangers. In other words, HR Giger’s fantastic art is calling us home.”

Beginning with a hommage from Salvador Dali, the first in this series of oversized and visually overwhelming volumes takes us through the early history of one of the most brilliant fantasy artists of the century. From his “Passegen” series, his work for theatre, posters, album artwork, environments, personal works, is designs for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s DUNE, and much more, all beautifully reproduced in full-colour and black and white, full-bleed spreads, including fold-out pages. These Giger folio books have become very desirable, collectable editions in their various printings around the world, the series encompassing the work of one of the world’s most unique and influential visionaries.

This is the first Swiss edition, published by Edition C.

* Condition: Very Good (light wear to page edges / spine) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger's Necronomicon II



“The “Necronomicon” is a legendary magical book that is kept in inaccessible places only in a few, incompletely preserved specimens because it could have disastrous consequences if it fell into the wrong hands. It was written down around 730 AD in Yemen by the legendary Abdul Al Azred. It is said to tell of things and events that took place in the gray age, and illustrations of uncanny creatures lurking in the depths of the earth and the seas, one day destroying mankind and striking the world.
Al Azred’s “Necronomicon” is a kind of museum of the most wonderful abominations and perversions. The well-known writer HP Lovecraft was the first to report in his “Cthulhu” mythology of this work. Many other science fiction and fantasy writers have quoted this fictional work time and again, but it has only become a visual reality in “HR Giger’s Necronomicon”!”

The second volume of this oversized and visually overwhelming collection takes us further through the incredible history of one of the most brilliant fantasy artists of the century. Reproducing Giger’s award-winning work for the film ALIEN, his paintings, environments, sculptural works, his work for “The Tourist”, collaborations with Blondie’s Debbie Harry, his “New York City” series from the late 1970’s and much more, all beautifully reproduced in full-colour and black and white, full-bleed spreads, including fold-out pages. Also includes interviews, texts, biography. These Giger folio books have become very desirable, collectable editions in their various printings around the world, the series encompassing the work of one of the world’s most unique and influential visionaries.

Published first in 1985 in Europe, this is the first Japanese edition, published by Pan-Exotica.

* Condition: Very Good (very little wear, almost As New) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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