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Enlarge image: Rennrad mit Tüte der Buchhandlung Walther König als Sattelschutz, angeschlossen an einem Zaun

Artists’ Books – A Success Story. The Publishing House of the Walther König Bookshop

26 March - 10 July 2022
Museum Angewandte Kunst

The Walther König bookshop and affiliated publishing house are contemporary art education institutions. They exert a decisive influence on developments in art in Germany and the world. In the fifty-three years of the company’s existence, it has opened further sales locations in addition to the original shop at Ehrenstrasse 4 in Cologne. The publishing house has put out more than 4,000 titles, including a large number of artists’ books. The publisher and bookseller Walther König is known for providing many meanwhile famous artists with the first forum ever for the book as art, and for his ongoing support of their development.

The Museum Angewandte Kunst and its Department of Book Art and Graphics are now devoting an exhibition to this special alliance of art, the book, and creative publishing for the first time. The focus is on artists’ books, and thus on books artists have designed since the 1960s for Walther König and, later, for his publishing company. A fundamental aspect of the show is the inquiry into König’s publicistic strategies, which contributed decisively to the establishment of important art currents and sensitized readers to the phenomenon of the artist’s book.

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