Exhibition on view: 30 November 2019—26 April 2020
Place of exhibition: Rupertinum [2 + 3] Generali Foundation Study Center
Some of the collected publications in libraries—particularly museum libraries—hold a unique status on the boundary between classic library material and museum object. These encompass illustrated and collectors’ books, deluxe and limited editions, artists’ books and photo books, important and now rare catalogues, ephemera and other printed works.
Ever since their inception, both the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the Generali Foundation have amassed such unique collections. Today these diverse holdings are housed at the Study Center and are classified as “Rara” (roughly equivalent to special collections). The Latin term is often associated with early printed works and precious one-off examples. But what does the term “Rara” signify in the context of modern and contemporary art? What is deemed rare or precious? And are the focuses and “preferences” of the collection as a whole reflected in the library’s special collections?
The exhibition examines these topics and aims to illustrate the many different forms art publishing can take. These encompass art magazines as collector’s items, attempts to re-envision book illustration, artists’ books and their promise of immediate access to art, and works that are at the intersection between artwork, book, and printed matter.
Curator: Stefanie Grünangerl