kunsthalle marcel duchamp
the forestay museum of art
view of the KMD's new exhibition building, designed by swiss architect jonathan banz, with an exhibition by german conceptual artist karin sander, may 14 to june 26, 2016. for more information go to exhibitions.
the KMD is the world's “smallest” museum and shows “great” exhibitions of internationally renowned and emerging artists. KMD edition publishes hard-cover books (art theory, monographs, artists’ books, and exhibition catalogues) not only in its meanwhile famous miniature format but also in standard, larger formats.
the KMD is a member of verband schweizer museen/association des musées suisse/associazione dei musei svizzeri, and supported by le département de la formation, de la jeunesse et de la culture du canton de vaud, lausanne; stiftung erna und curt burgauer, zurich; migros kulturprozent, zurich; stanley thomas johnson foundation, bern; fondation leenards, lausanne; loterie romande, lausanne; fondation jan michalski, montricher, switzerland; the law firm kellerhals carrard, lausanne; and late antoinette bachmann (1938–2009).
one hundred years of marcel duchamp's fountain (les cent ans de la «fontaine» de marcel duchamp), conceived, curated, and artstically implemented by stefan banz and caroline bachmann, july 16 to august 27 2017. the exhibition travels afterwards with the kmd’s first building (in use in cully until 2016, now placed in front of the kunstmuseum wolfsburg with the exhibition la broyeuse de chocolat as part of its collection) in a slightly modified form in a slightly modified form to culturcentrum strombeek, grimbergen (near brussels) from october 27, 2017, to february 15, 2018. from march 2018 on it will also be shown in front of kunstmuseum wolfburg, germany.
matthias sohr (*1980 düsseldorf, lives and works in lausanne) september 2 to november 12, 2017
serkan özkaya (*1973 istanbul, lives and works in new york), november 18, 2017, to january 7, 2018
upcoming book releases
we are currently working on new publications by helen molesworth, julian jason haladyn, tom hackney, and michael r. taylor. helen molesworth's book will be published before the end of 2017; julian jason haladyn's and tom hackney's in spring/summer 2018.
michael r. taylor's volume, called percy rainford: duchamp's "iinvisible" photographer will be published in late october 2018. this book is the first publication to focus on the work of the jamaican-born, american photographer percy rainford. between 1945 and 1956, rainford collaborated on a number of art projects with marcel duchamp, including the special duchamp issue of view magazine and the cover of the first issue of le surréalisme, même, which featured duchamp’s female fig leaf. duchamp met rainford in january 1945 through frederick kiesler, who also frequently collaborated with rainford, beginning with the photography for the art of this century gallery in 1942. rainford began his career in the early 1930s as a photographer of fine art for catalogues and other publications, working for major museums in new york, including the whitney museum and the metropolitan museum of art, as well as artists, who often needed high quality reproductions of their paintings and sculpture when applying for fellowships. after meeting kiesler and duchamp, rainford’s work began to transcend its documentary impulse and the photographs he made in the 1940s and 1950s reflect his newfound interest in modernist experimentation. although virtually unknown today, rainford was a highly respected artist during this period and this book, which is drawn from extensive archival research and interviews with the artist’s family, is intended to showcase the work of this remarkable avant-garde photographer, while also shedding new light on his collaborations with duchamp and kiesler.
the production of this publication is supported by fondation leenards, lausanne.
stefan banz, eilshemius: peer of poet-painters is the winner of the 2016 peter c. rollins book award, and of the 2016 eric hoffer book award. the book was also shortlisted for the 2016 jan michalski prize for literature in switzerland. eilshemius: peer of poet-painters is the first comprehensive publication on the eccentric american artist (with swiss and german roots) louis michel eilshemius (1864–1941), who was discovered by marcel duchamp on the occasion of the first annual exhibition of the society of independent artists at the grand central palace in new york in 1917. the book is published with jrp|ringier, zurich 2015, including collected documents, a novel of facts by and about louis m. eilshemius, and an extensive study of his influence on marcel duchamp, english, 768 pages, 479 color and 53 black an white illustrations, format 31 x 24 cm, hardcover, us 100, euro 80.00, chf 98; isbn 978-3-03764-435-5. for more information go to: publications.