Guy Schraenen éditeur Mirtha Dermisache Diario Museum for Modern Art MoMA


September 25, 2013–January 6, 2014

Museum of Modern Art Library

Mirtha Dermisache, Diario, Guy Schraenen éditeur, Antwerp 1972
Mirtha Dermisache, Diario No. 1

For the exhibition Reading List. Artists' Selections from the MoMA Library Collection, the artists' book Diario No. 1 by Mirtha Dermisache published by Guy Schraenen éditeur in 1975 is selected.


Interview excerpt: 

MoMA: "What is your favorite item in the MoMA Library Collection? Why?"

Martha Wilson: "Mirtha Dermisache, Diario No. 1: ano 1 was published in Argentina in 1972, during the years when people were being “disappeared” by the government. It is a tabloid publication which appears to be covered with meaningless gibberish, or perhaps graffiti or calligraphy practice. It made it past the censors because they did not understand that Mirtha was drawing a portrait of the nonsense that passed for news in government-controlled newspapers. Consequently, this work stands as a visual protest of Argentina’s oppressive political regime." 

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Further references:

publishing / collecting / preserving / writing / diffusing

Lecture by Guy Schraenen
8 October, 2014

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München

Guy Schraenen lecture Another approach of art history ZI München Derrick

The lecture will focus on the activities of the Archive for Small Press & Communication (A.S.P.C.) founded in 1974. Its aim was to collect, preserve and present the patrimony built up by people, active from inside and not from outside the art scene, to be the witness and memory of actions independent of all powers. Artists' publications were a unique medium in this period of cultural and social evolution. Still they are the most radical way to approach art. 

Additional information: Guy Schraenen, ZI München 


Exhibition catalogue on occasion of the exhibition in the Kunsthaus Zug and the Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, edited by Edizioni Periferia Luzern, 2014

Guy Schraenen Dieter Roth and the music and away with the minutes text on Dieter Roth
Dieter Roth. Discography, Luzern 2014

«Als sehr guter Pianist wehrte er sich beständig gegen jede Virtuosität, und gerade deshalb wurde er zum Virtuosen der klanglichen Freiheit und schuf eine Musik, die die Grenzen des Erträglichen erreichte.»  Guy Schraenen

On the occasion of the exhibition AND AWAY WITH THE MINUTES. DIETER ROTH AND MUSIC a catalogue is published with the essay by Guy Schraenen: "An attempt to write a text about Dieter Roth's record covers... and several additional thoughts."

Additional information: Discography  


July 05, 2014 - November 01, 2014

Museum Serralves, Porto

Curatorship: Guy Schraenen

Guy Schraenen curator ARTchitecture Serralves
Luc Deleu: 2 petits arcs de triomphe, 1983 / Golden Gate, 1983
The relationships between art and architecture can be the object of infinite declensions: the experiments carried out by Soviet constructivists and suprematists and, later on, by minimalist and conceptual artists, are but two examples of the constant transfusions between the two disciplines that have shaped twentieth-century art. ‘ARTchitecture’ features some of the ways of approaching this theme. Through collage, photomontage, photographs, films, drawings, plans, maps, objects and sound pieces, the artists in this exhibition propose a series of utopian projects that are particularly critical of current architectural and urban planning practices.
The exhibition brings together works from the Collections of Artists’ Books and Publications of the Serralves Foundation and the Bremen Museum and is articulated around the work of Belgian Luc Deleu and American Peter Downsbrough, both of whom authored a body of visual work profoundly anchored in their academic architectural training and subsequent studio practice. ‘ARTchitecture’ features works by these artists - more specifically, the recordings of their intervention in the public space - as well as of others who have contributed to a critical reflection on the contaminations between art, architecture and urban planning and who have alerted us to the grandeur and misery of the architectural world that surrounds us: Bernd & Hilla Becher, Daniel Buren, Concha Jerez, Sol LeWitt, Edmund Kuppel, Gordon Matta-Clark, Elisabeth Neudörfl, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Jessica Stockholder and Antonio Vigo, among others. 

Additional information: ARTchitecture 

Guy Schraenen at the School of Fine Arts, University of Porto


06 June 2014

Lecture by Guy Schraenen

Organized by the School of Fine Arts, University of Porto

Guy Schraenen lecture It is over but you don't know it yet Porto university


GAC Centennial and other projects

June 28, 2014 - August 31, 2014,

Museum Weserburg /Centre for Artists' Publications, Bremen

Curatorship: Guy Schraenen

Guy Schraenen curator Guglielmo Achille Cavellini and mail art projects
Guglielmo Achille Cavellini

The Italian artist Guglielmo Achille Cavellini (GAC, 1914-1990) cultivated a lively exchange with numerous artists. In the frame of his “self-historification” he published artist’s books, documents, postcards and postage stamps in very large editions. On a widespread sticker in the Italian colours he announced his centennial exhibition in Venice. In Cavellini’s honour, the Centre for Artists’ Publications presents a choice of GAC’s works from the Archive for Small Press & Communication. The exhibition is curated by Guy Schraenen. It includes further projects based on international artistic communication via mail.

Cavellini followed a clear artistic strategy: “Generally, the gifted artist is recognized and appreciated as such only after his death. From that moment onwards, the interest for his work and his personality becomes general. Researches are made among the papers and photographs of his existence. I don’t want this to occur for me and my work. I myself am therefore collecting and presenting all that concerns me.” 

Additional informationNemo propheta in patria



March 14 - April 6, 2014

Exhibition organized by Didier Lecointre et Dominique Drouet, Paris

Du 14 mars au 6 avril la librairie expose les livres d’artistes, revues, catalogues, cartes postales, multiples, disques de l’éditeur Guy Schraenen.

Cette exposition présente l’essentiel de son travail à travers les ouvrages qu’il a conçus et réalisés dans les années 70 avec, entre autres, Roy Adzak, Eduard Bal, Antoine du Bary, Gianni Bertini, Alexandre Bonnier, Ulises Carrión, Lourdes Castro, Henri Chopin, Degottex, Mirtha Dermisache, Peter Downsbrough, François Dufrêne, Bill Gaglione, Brion Gysin, Bernard Heidsieck, Françoise Janicot, Jiri Kollar, Françoise Mairey, Marie Orensanz, Bernard Villers.

Elle présente également, les publications de l’Archive for Small Press & Communication (A.S.P.C.) et les catalogues des expositions qu’il a organisées.




Catalogue Guy Schraenen éditeur
Download the exhibition catalogue: click on image


Essays, Statements, Interviews 1974-2013

Edited by Bettina Brach and Maike Aden

Published by the Centre for Artists' Publications, Bremen, 2013

Available as digital version (DC) and as print version (2 volumes)

The publication of Guy Schraenen’s “Collected Writings”, available as print version and as digitalized deition on CD, gives access to all the texts he published over four decades, from the 1970s up until the very recent past. They document Guy Schraenen's abiding interest in the history and the significance of the international networks underlying artists’ publications and initiatives in the 1960s and 1970s. He reflects upon the socio-political and cultural strategies of the artist-initiated art scene, which remained independent of the official art establishment. Beside this, many texts for catalogues of thematical and individual exhibitions are documented in this publication.

The writings are presented in the form of facsimiles of the original publications. Most texts are in French and English, several also in other languages. 

Additional information / Order: Print version and Digital edition (CD)



July 6, 2013 - November 3, 2013

Exhibition, organized by: Museum Serralves, Porto

Curatorship: Guy Schraenen

Guy Schraenen Serralves Journey to the end of colour exhibition
Lourdes Castro: Furrows, 1974

In the history of art making, colour has traditionally been used to accentuate the representation of subjects. The present exhibition, ‘Journey to the End of Colour’, reveals the role of colour in the service of an idea. The visual perception of a colour having many options, even without any figurative image, colour as such can create a large spectrum of evocations; likewise, word compositions printed in black can produce the mental image of a specific colour.The aim of this exhibition is to guide the viewer through a colourful labyrinthine universe and to instigate his/her own interpretations. On display will be artists’ publications dating mostly from the 1960s and 1970s, a period when conceptual art and visual and concrete poetry were taking central stage in the global art scene. They range from all white, all black, or monochrome to polychrome pieces; from the arbitrarily coloured, to pieces whose specific colours denote a precise notion.

The presented examples illustrate that the use of colour and the inventive reconfiguration of the conventional format of publications are as infinite as the painter's palette... 

Additional information: Journey to the end of colour



Presentation organized by Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam

Opening: 14 September 2013

Guy Schraenen and Jan Voss at Boekie Woekie
Guy Schraenen and Jan Voss at the opening at Boekie Woekie

Guy Schraenen presents his publications and catalogues at

Boekie Woekie Amsterdam


For previous projects see:

Guy Schraenen: Out of Print, exhibition catalogue, Museum Weserburg, Bremen, 2005