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.
Vladimír Houdek. Levitations
The catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition Vladimír Houdek. Levitations at the Overbeck-Gesellschaft in Kunstverein Lübeck from August 30 until November 1, 2015, in Mönchehaus Museum Goslar from February 13 until April 24, 2016, in Kunstpalais, Erlangen from May 6 until September 24, 2017 and in Tichy Ocean Foundation, Prague from May until June 2018.

Houdek’s paintings and drawings, collages, gouaches, and films are based on simple geometric principles. [...] A special painting technique, using a superimposition of numerous paint layers until the pictorial composition satisfies the artist’s expectations, gives the paintings a quasi-sculptural character. The playing with light and shade effects, which create a feeling of depth, contributes to this tactility. Even though his compositions are determined by the formal geometric principles of everyday reality, there are unmistakable hints of ideas of historic precursors, for example constructivism, and their appropriation in new sensory and perceptual associations.

“The crucial thing is the act of painting itself. I am very critical in respect to my work, or let’s say, decidedly destructive. As a result, more layers of paint have gradually come to be applied to my paintings, which are actually leftovers from previous paintings that didn’t work out. Either I didn’t like the composition or the brushwork wasn’t right, so that I would vigorously overpaint the first, or third, or sometimes even the fifth attempt. As a result, the previous layers became fully-fledged elements of the work. They are, in a sense, torsos and mementos. Through the process of overpainting and destruction, I get a feeling for the substance and the content of what I’m painting.”

Vladimír Houdek

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Oliver Zybok, Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Kunstverein Lübeck
Hatje Cantz Verlag
Zdenek Felix, Ina Neddermeyer, Oliver Zybok
160 pages, ca. 22.5 × 29 cm, german/english, numerous colored illustrations, installation views and detailed photographs
30.00 €
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Image of the exhibition catalog "Vladimír Houdek. Levitations"