Die Welt Als Labyrinth.  Geneva: MAMCO, 2019. 63 p.; ill.; 48 x 32 cm.; black ink on newspaper stock. Catalog from the exhibition held at the MAMCO Museum in Geneva between February and May 2018.

The publication “Die Welt als Labyrinth” (The world as Labyrinth) relates back to the exhibition dedicated to the Situationist International which took place at MAMCO in the Spring of 2018 and is shaped as a journey through some episodes of this story. This exhibition was the occasion to reflect on the paradox that is raised by any presentation of these last twentieth-century avant-gardes: how to exhibit in a museum people who were systematically opposed to cultural institutions? (Printed Matter)

The illustration on the front cover is an untitled darboard collage from the Situationist exhibition Destruktion af RSG-6 at the gallery Exi, Odense, Denmark in 1963.

The title of the exhibition “refers to an unfulfilled project for a Situationist exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1960, and shows up one of the questions that are raised by any presentation of these avant-garde movements: how to exhibit in a museum people who were systematically opposed to cultural institutions? Going further than a sabotaging of art through an unconventional register of forms and techniques, it was art as distinct social territory, governed by institutions, and determined by the market economy, that was in these movements’ crosshairs.” (MAMCO)

For more information and pictures of the exhibition, see https://www.galleriesnow.net/shows/die-welt-als-labyrinth/. For a video, see https://vimeo.com/288680033

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