MER. B&L

MER. Paper Kunsthalle foundation was established in 2005 in order to examine the possibilities and position of books as places to exhibit art. Since their incipience, art books often developed as rigid catalogues or aide-mémoires. They were seldom considered as genuine spaces to exhibit living art. However, from Dada onwards artists have always thought of books as independent exhibiting spaces. From its creation onwards, MER keeps building further on this specific artistic practice. 
One of MER. Paper Kunsthalle's main focuses therefore is to provide this singular exhibiting space to artists, by creating an institutional platform that publishes art books in a different fashion. MER. calls itself a Paper Kunsthalle; because it initiates, develops and supports art exhibiting within the medium book.
Since its launch MER. Paper Kunsthalle has produced, curated and published over 300 books with and by underserved to established artists. MER has also experimented with exhibiting artists' books as independent works of art, in artistic spaces. These nomadic, curatorial exhibitions go by the name MER. Station, and have been presented in a wide range of national and international artistic venues.
In 2018 MER. Paper Kunsthalle entrusted its book publishing activities to Borgerhoff & Lambrigts NV, where it continues its programme under the MER. Imprint.
 
Ghent
 
21 titles
 
Michel François - Contre nature
2023
English edition
forthcoming
An exhibition catalogue that follows the structure of Michel François's exhibition at Bozar, where all the rooms are clustered around 6 themes such as "Jardin contre nature" or "Panoptique". These 6 themes translate into 6 chapters in the book, all containing different bodies of work and covering different aspects of Michel François's work.
 Charlemagne Palestine - Aa Sschmmettrroossppecctivve
2023
English edition
forthcoming
1000 pictures and documents from the work and life of Charlemagne Palestine explode from the pages of the book, superimposed in "strumming" layers, weaving the historical and present (new expanded edition).
Orshi Drozdik - Adventures in Technos Dystopium: Orshi Drosdik, The first two decades (1973-1993)
2023
English edition
forthcoming
A comprehensive overview of the Hungarian post-conceptual and feminist artist's practice in the first decades of her fifty-year long career, including several of her writings.
Tim Onderbeke - Candles - A Photographic Novel
2023
English edition
forthcoming
A photographic essay on the spiritual and architectural dimensions of the candle.
Angel Vergara - We, the Works of Art
2023
English edition
forthcoming
The most complete monograph devoted to the Belgian artist of Spanish origin, heir to Ensor, Broodthaers and Beuys.
Koen van den Broek - Out of Place
2023
bilingual edition (English / French)
forthcoming
The largest and most comprehensive monograph on van den Broek's work to date, presented and analysed by John C. Welchman.
Petrus De Man - Ajar
2022
trilingual edition (English / French / Dutch)
The first monographic volume on the graphic work of Belgian artist Petrus De Man.
Liam Gillick - A Max De Vos
2022
English edition
A novel by Liam Gillick.
Xavier Mary - Victory over the Sun
2022
bilingual edition (English / French)
Retrospective monograph: an exhaustive overview of more than fifteen years of practice of the Belgian artist whose work oscillates between post-industrial sculptures and post-apocalyptic realism.
Michel Mazzoni - Rien, presque
2022
bilingual edition (English / French)
A body of fragmented images and views that draw their iconography from public spaces or from motifs specific to modernity.
Koen van den Broek - Firminy
2022
bilingual edition (English / French)
This catalogue features an exclusive selection of works created by renowned Belgian painter Koen van den Broek in France, a series on paper based on the architecture of Le Corbusier (Firminy).
Jacqueline Mesmaeker - Quelle Aventure !
2021
trilingual edition (English / French / Dutch)
Reference monograph on the work of one of Belgium's most discreet, yet most important, female artists.
Béatrice Balcou - Cérémonies
2021
bilingual edition (English / French)
The complete Ceremonies (2013-2020) by Béatrice Balcou, testing our visual and experiential approach to artworks, confronting us with the basic status of material objects before actually revealing their identity.
Richard Tuttle - Stories I-XX
2021
English edition
Discover Richard Tuttle as story teller and writer: first publication of 44 short stories by the artist paired with 22 sculptural works from the "Stories" Series.
Valérian Goalec - Elements–03 - From Their Desk
2020
bilingual edition (English / French)
Artist's book.
Matt Mullican - The Meaning of Things
2020
English edition
This artist's book is the book-form of a work by Matt Mullican, "The Meaning of Things (who feels the most pain?)" (2014), con sisting of 676 collages and texts on sheets of standard printing paper.
Richard Tuttle - The Role of the Story Teller
2020
English edition
Richard Tuttle and color.
Thierry De Cordier - Dieu
2017
French edition
As stated in the preface to this volume, the artist endeavoured to uncover the absolute absurdity that would be God and started one day to collect all affirmations of his being, whatever their character or source, contradictory or not. (...) The result is a 284 pages compendium buffering even the most avid reader.
Daniel Buren - Libretto - Daniel Buren : une fresque (box set)
2016
French edition
The journal/catalogue conceived by Daniel Buren for his retrospective at BOZAR.
E. L. T. Mesens - L\'alphabet d\'étoiles d\'E.L.T. Mesens - Dada & le surréalisme à Bruxelles, Paris & Londres
2013
French edition
The catalogue of the Ostend exhibition, a reference publication on Dada and Surrealism around the figure of E.L.T. Mesens, a pillar of the surrealist movement in Belgium.
Jean Chauvin - L\'ombre atomique
2020
bilingual edition (English / French)
currently out of stock
A selection of around 60 rarely shown photographs by French artist Jean Chauvin (1889-1976), one of the pioneers of abstract sculpture of the early 20th century.
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