Heimo Zobernig

Dieter Roth / Heimo Zobernig – Artist books and samples of copy book titles

Dieter Roth who was born in 1930 and passed away in 1998, was- among lots of others –  very well known for his artist books (–> see Wikipedia). The Dieter Roth Foundation mentions on its website “Beginning in the 1950s, Dieter Roth took the artist’s book in new directions. Starting with op-art and visual poetry books, he then experimented with all aspects of offset printing and by the 1990s was producing “copy books,” using photocopiers…”

This topic of artist books is also touched by an interesting article written by Andrew M. Goldstein, 2013 called “MoMA Curator Sarah Suzuki on HOW Dieter Roth Invented the Artist´s Book” (http://www.artspace.com/magazine/interviews_features/moma_curator_sarah_suzuki_dieter_roth_interview) where it is mentioned “…that it’s hard to believe that the medium is less than 50 years old, and more or less indebted to a single artist: Dieter Roth.”

Looking at those “samples(?)” of descriptions of D. Roth´s copy books, I am basically starting to think about, what meaning/history/sense might be behind those words. So I am now looking for the contents of those copy books … the story might be continued.


Before I forget it …The technique of photocopying by the way is something other contemporary artists use as well (even I do not know if. Mr Zobernig was influenced by D. Roth) : A nice example at least would be Heimo Zobering´s book project “Galerie Stadtpark” from 1996 where Zobernig creates copies of the pages of the guest book which was filled by the spectators at the gallery opening. One page in each copied edition is always one original page of the original guestbook.

Zobernig_Stadtpark3 Zobernig_Stadtpark2





“Heimo Zobernig on Heimo Zobernig”

As hommage to Heimo Zobernig : “Without title. 2015”

Heimo Zobernig auf Heimo Zobernig

Zobernig Buch 2

Zobernig Buch 3


The exhibition took place in Esslingen / Germany from may 25 1997 until july 20th 1997. On show were items from H. Zobernig created by him since 1985, so it was a kind of retrospective. For this exhibition, Zobering created a book edition where he put colored transparent paper between the black/white paper and he covered the catalogue with grey carton (on the front and back). The invitation card he glues at the front side of the carton.

(see also “Austelung Katerlog”, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, 2003)

Zobernig Tisch