The Shop: Books, Art and Pretty Things

The artworks, the atmosphere, the joy, the interesting and the special can also be taken home – on paper. In close cooperation with the respective artist, we produce elaborate catalogs and artist books, which are as individual in form and content as the corresponding artworks themselves. You can find more details about the layout, authors and texts below under the individual title.
In keeping with the Municipal Art Collection, which specializes in multiplied art, some artists also produce graphics or multiples so that we can offer them to visitors to Kunstpalais. So far, one of a kind 3D-printed sculptures by Florian Meisenberg, a cap with LED lights by Alona Rodeh, and prints by Grace Weaver and Vivian Greven are available here.
People who like art also like to surround themselves with beautiful things, as we know from our own experience. That’s exactly the reason why Kunstpalais has a curator-curated museum store with jazzy, eye-catching, unconventional things that we’d like to own ourselves or would love to give as gifts: Jewelry made from laser-cut Plexiglas or crocheted yarn from Japan, England, and Australia, fine leather cooking aprons from the Netherlands, plant planets and gem galaxies from Denmark, special pieces of tableware and vases from ancient times – and whatever else we are able to find.
Our books, prints, and multiples can also be ordered online; everything else can be found exclusively on our store shelves in Kunstpalais until further notice. For urgent repeat orders or desires awakened via our Instagram account – we will gladly try to send you these things as well. 
Purchases with a value of up to 100 EUR will be sent to you on account within Germany. For purchase values over 100 EUR we send the good immediately after receipt of a proof of payment.

Thicker Than Water. Family Concepts in Contemporary Art

This catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition Thicker Than Water. Family Concepts in Contemporary Art at Kunstpalais from July 16 until September 4, 2016 and in Villa Merkel in Esslingen am Neckar from December 18, 2016 until February 26, 2017.

In the face of changing realities, the concept of family has to be reconsidered. What exactly constitutes a family? Social debates are, beside conflicts of values and generational conflicts, growingly dominated by the development of new technologies like IVF or surrogacy as well as alternative ways of living. Instead of a biological relation, family can also be established through social performance, by doing family. The mutual influences between developing communities and society at large lead to the question whether the notion of family can be interpreted individually and whether it can include all possible forms of living together. In that sense, family matters are of private concern, but belong to the political sphere as well. They are an expression of changing social structures and diverse ideas of family.

What significance does family have today in the face of globalized working conditions and a plurality of life plans? To what extent do personal networks and friends replace conventional family structures? How does a group of people have to act to be perceived as a family by others? Is family today a question of free decision alone instead of genetic contingency? In contributions from the exhibition and the symposium titled Thicker Than Water the catalog deliberates the current status of family.
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Andreas Baur, Villa Merkel, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen; Amely Deiss, Milena Mercer, Ina Neddermeyer, Kunstpalais, Stadt Erlangen
Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Andreas Baur, Andreas Bernard, Amely Deiss, Sabina Enzelberger, Alexander Farenholtz, Sabine Fellner, Malte Kröger, Renate Liebold, Milena Mercer, Ina Neddermeyer, Felicita Reuschling, Katrin Schlör, Christina Strunck, Hortensia Völckers, Anka Wenzel, El
Candice Breitz, Omer Fast, Simon Fujiwara, Nan Goldin, Verena Jaekel, Haejun Jo, Fadma Kaddouri & Badr el Hammami, Nina Katchadourian, Byung Chul Kim, Ragnar Kjartansson, Neozoon, Johannes Paul Raether, Gillian Wearing, Tobias Yves Zintel
Hardcover, 240 pages, ca. 19.5 × 24.5 cm, German (artist interviews also in English and French), numerous colored illustrations, installation views and detailed photographs
29.80 €
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Image of the exhibition catalog "Thicker than Water. Family Concepts in Contemporary Art"