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
 
30 titles
 
Orshi Drozdik - Adventures in Technos Dystopium: Orshi Drosdik, The first two decades (1973-1993)
2024
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.
Luc Tuymans - Mercy (Politics)
2024
English edition
forthcoming
This publication examines the intersection of art and politics, through the deeply engaged work and thought of two contemporary artists.
Laurens Legiers - Echoes of the Unseen - Works on Paper
2024
English edition
forthcoming
Works on paper by the Belgian artist.
Leon Vranken - Yes and Maybe or Also No
2024
English edition
An exploration of the creative world of Belgian artist Leon Vranken, blending artworks with experimental imagery spanning from 2019 to 2023. 
Cindy Wright - Still Well
2024
English edition
A 20-year retrospective of Cindy Wright's paintings, blending photo-realism with detailed, painterly techniques.
Yayoi Kusama - The Dutch years 1960–70
2023
English edition
A complete documentation of Yayoi Kusama's early performative activities in the Netherlands in the 1960s-70s, through a collection of previously unpublished photographs and written and visual accounts from eyewitnesses, showcasing her unique style and engagement with the emerging sexual revolution.
John C. Welchman - Out of Place
2023
bilingual edition (English / French)
The largest and most comprehensive monograph on van den Broek's work to date, a complete and monumental survey of 1998 until now, on over 500 pages, presented and analysed by John C. Welchman.
Tami Amit - Last Night I Met Snow White
2023
bilingual edition (English / French)
First monograph dedicated to the pictorial work of Israeli artist Tami Amit.
 Dyvik Kahlen - Dyvik Kahlen In Practice - Villa Ruba
2023
English edition
currently out of stock
For the fourth book in the In Practice series, Dyvik Kahlen architects explore the design process of the Villa Ruba, located near Utrecht.
A Search for the Universal - The Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation
2023
English edition
currently out of stock
A publication dedicated to the Axel and May Vervoordt Foundation, a Belgian art foundation containing over 700 artworks from both contemporary artists (Jef Verheyen, Anish Kapoor, Angel Vergara, etc.) as well as old ancient objects and artworks.
Angel Vergara - We, the Works of Art
2023
English edition
The most complete monograph devoted to the Belgian artist of Spanish origin, heir to Ensor, Broodthaers and Beuys.
Michel François - Contre nature
2023
English edition
A look at 40 years of artistic practice by Belgian artist Michel François.
Tim Onderbeke - Candles - A Photographic Novel
2023
English edition
A photographic essay on the spiritual and architectural dimensions of the candle.
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.
 Buero Kofink Schels - Buero Kofink Schels In Practice - T.I.A. House 1+2
2021
English edition
In this book, Matthie Wellner and Buero Kofink Schels (architects Simon Jüttner and Sebastian Kofin) unfold the design process of T.I.A. House 1+2, a project they developed and built in the city of Almeria on the southern Spanish coast.
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.
Jean Chauvin - L\'ombre atomique
2020
bilingual edition (English / French)
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.
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.
Richard Venlet - Philippe Vander Maren & Richard Venlet In Practice
2020
English edition
sold out
In this book, together with Pierre Chabard, Philippe Vander Maren and Richard Venlet explore and explicit the design process of House D through a set of unpublished work documents such as sketches, scale models, series of annotated plans, collages and pictures.
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