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Furkart ephemera
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Preface by Patricia Nussbaum.
Postface by Paulo Pires do Vale.

Graphic design: Thomas Rodriguez and Jocelyne Fracheboud.
published in April 2019
trilingual edition (English / French / German)
23,5 x 31,7 cm (softcover, dust cover)
312 pages (color ill.)
€40.00
ISBN: 978-2-9558778-8-3
EAN: 9782955877883
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This publication brings together the communications material issued at Furkart, an ephemeral art laboratory opened every summer at the Furka Pass in the Swiss Alps between 1983 and 1996. These ephemera edited by Furkart founder Marc Hostettler are printed actual size and provide a chronological account of this unique adventure.
Originated and edited by Thomas Rodriguez, Furkart ephemera brings together the communications material issued by the Neuchâtel gallerist Marc Hostettler, initiator of the Furkart project. Postcards, press releases, programmes, work files: everything is printed actual size and a chronological approach provides access to all the resultant artworks and all those who took part.
Things began on 24 June 1983 with James Lee Byars' performance A Drop of Black Perfume. Between then and 1996 Marc Hostettler invited no fewer than 60 artists to the Furkablick Hotel, built in 1903 and situated 2,429 metres up at the top of Switzerland's Furka Pass. For the three summer months of each year the hotel and its surroundings became a veritable art laboratory, where permanent and ephemeral works were produced specifically for a totally unique setting. This was an adventure that would leave an indelible mark on an entire art world generation.
The preface by Patricia Nussbaum, art historian and a Furkart partner, brings the experiment to life in all its excitement and humanity, while the postface by philosopher and exhibition curator Paulo Pires do Vale puts into context the concepts of the archive and ephemeral art as practised in the 20th and 21st centuries, and their relevance to this book's context.
With James Lee Byars, Panamarenko, Marina Abramović & Ulay, Matsuzawa Yutaka, Guillaume Bijl, Hamish Fulton, Res Ingold, Per Kirkeby, Jean Le Gac, Daniel Buren, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Kazuo Katase, Olivier Mosset, François Morellet, Michel Ritter, Royden Rabinowitch, Stanley Brouwn, Gianni Colombo, John Hilliard, Rémy Zaugg, Christoph Rütimann, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Günther Förg, Richard Long, Anna Winteler, Monica Klingler, Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Roger Ackling, John Armleder, Terry Fox, Mark Luyten, Niele Toroni, Lawrence Weiner, Gretchen Faust, Kevin Warren, Pierre André Ferrand, Paul-Armand Gette, Jenny Holzer, Kim Jones, René Zäch, Dorothee von Windheim, Ian Anüll, Terry Atkinson, Andreas Christen, Ria Pacquée, John Nixon, Luc Deleu, Glen Baxter, Alix Lambert, Jean-Luc Manz, Roman Signer, Steven Parrino, Max Bill, Filip Francis, Christian Floquet, Mario Merz, Claude Rutault, Jean Crotti, Bernard Faucon, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Joseph Kosuth.