Sven Sachsalber, Pencil drawing on hotel stationary, 2016-2018, 210 × 297 millimeters.
curated by Emanuele Guidi
Vernissage: 22/02/2019 7 pm
23/02/ – 13/04/2019
The exhibition “Buchhandlung Kalter König” by Sven Sachsalber gathers together a body of recent works that employ and engage with the format of the book in a variety of attitudes and approaches. Through writing and drawing, accumulation and appropriation, quotation and violation, Sachsalber uses the name of an ideal publishing house or personal bookshop to make public the complex constellation of figures that permeate his imagery and development. At the same time he also traces a line of continuity between the alpine landscape where he was born and his adoptive city of New York.
The titular work “Buchhandlung Kalter König” relates to a posthumously published book by Martin Kippenberger: “No Drawing No Cry.” This book reproduces the hotel writing paper that Kippenberger had previously published—with drawings—in the two famous volumes Hotel-Hotel and Hotel-Hotel-Hotel, though in this case his instructions were to publish the same stationery “cleansed” of the drawings. The result was a book of blank sheets of paper showing nothing but the letterheads and logos of the hotels where Kippenberger had stayed.
Sven Sachsalber took this gesture as an invitation to draw on the paper again. To the evident detriment of the material value of this costly edition he has kept a diary in which he undertakes a systematic process of discovery and self-analysis.
In this book Sachsalber has made 222 pencil drawings where contemporary culture, folklore, the animal kingdom and the human world encounter everyday moods and atmospheres. In reproducing pictures of alpine traditions (years of adverts printed on the back of “Artforum” magazine for the Swiss Galerie Bruno Bischofberger) he starts to weave together symbols and emblems of the alpine world, from Giacometti’s house to San Pellegrino mineral water – “bottled in the same part of the Italian Alps that Sachsalber comes from” – as his biography is at pains to point out.
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