Since 1980 Hubert Kretschmer has collected, archived and documented artist publications for his archive artist publications: newspapers, flyers, artist books, zines, multiples, posters and many more. This Independent Archive Project was founded in Munich by the publisher, artist and art educator Hubert Kretschmer. It all began with three exhibits on artist books in the Produzentengalerie Adelgundenstraße in 1979. It was the trigger for the founding of Verlag & Distribution Hubert Kretschmer[Publisher & Distribution Hubert Kretschmer]. His aim was to make it possible for artist-produced media to have a presence on an international platform.
The collection encompasses multiples, posters, invitations, various recording, photocopies, stamps, videos, zines, CDs, catalogues, newspapers, websites, secondary literature and exhibit catalogues, which reflect the art trends of the past 35 years up to today: the offshoots of Fluxus, of happenings and performance art, mail art, stamp art, the Neue Wilde, concrete and visual poetry, Conceptual art, appropriation art and copy art. To a limited extent, the collection also intentionally includes everyday publications, like mail-order catalogues and fashion or lifestyle magazines, in order to capture the Zeitgeist.
A network developed from the personal relationships with artists, international private collectors, book and art dealers as well as libraries, enabling Hubert Kretschmer to further enlarge his comprehensive archive. Today it comprises circa 40,000 items of varying media, its main emphasis on the 1980s. Of these more than 25,200 are publicly accessible in the online catalogue.
Archive Artist Publications
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