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hp zimmer: tagebuch 1957-1965

Sandro Ricaldone

HP ZIMMER
» es gibt im Moment keine besseren Künstler als uns in Deutschland «
(There are no better artists than us in Germany at the moment)
Tagebuch 1957 – 1965
edited by Barbara Hess, Nina Zimmer
foreword by Matthias Mühling
Hatje Cantz, 2022

“I have kept a diary since my school days,” HP Zimmer remarked in 1984. This is also true of the time of the artists’ group SPUR he co-founded in 1957. He wrote to “seek my own point of view in the midst of often turbulent events and sometimes controversial debates.” This book presents representative excerpts from the manuscript, which was reviewed by the artist in the early 1990s. Stylistically aware and (self-) critical, Zimmer comments on the cultural and social climate of postwar Germany. He provides insights into the contemporary German art scene and its European network with close ties to the Situationist International. The debates recorded by Zimmer in his diaries – about painting and artistic freedom as well as revolution, boxing matches, crime series, and the threat of nuclear war – are still strangely relevant to us today.

HP ZIMMER (1936-1992) studied at the Hamburg Kunsthochschule and the Munich Kunstakademie in the late 1950s. SPUR, which he co-founded, was one of the first post-war avant-gardes groups in the Federal Republic. In 1982, HP Zimmer became a professor of painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig.

tomas schmit: “making things. drawing action language 1970–2006”

Sandro Ricaldone

TOMAS SCHMIT
Making Things
Drawing Action Language 1970–2006
Edited by Jenny Graser and Barbara Wien. Text by Jenny Graser, Dagmar Korbacher, Kasper König, Tomas Schmit, Dorothy Iannone, et al.
Hatje Cantz, 2021

When the European Fluxus group split in 1964 after two eventful years, Tomas Schmit, who had been involved in the group’s actions as a performer, gradually withdrew from performing. From 1966 he devoted himself primarily to writing and drawing. But the idea of the stage as a place where an action is performed in front of and with an audience did not vanish from his art. From then on, Schmit staged “the performance of drawing” on paper. In this catalogue, the close interlocking of performance and drawing in Schmit’s entire oeuvre is examined for the first time. The publication further reflects on the manifold spectrum of his drawing and language art spanning almost 40 years.

TOMAS SCHMIT (1943–2006) came to art as an autodidact, learning from Fluxus artists such as Nam June Paik, George Maciunas, Arthur Köpcke, and Ludwig Gosewitz, with whom he began performing in 1962. His drawings provide complex, often humorous commentary and engage with subjects as diverse as language, logic, cybernetics, biology, behavioral science, and perception.