This book brings together visual and written documentation of BLESS's last twelve collections (N° 30–N° 41), continually prompting and challenging the question of where a product begins and ends.
Heralded as one of fashion's most innovative designers, the Paris- and Berlin-based duo BLESS (Désirée Heiss and Ines Kaag) refuse to capitalize on any one milieu, and instead explore the differences between and the mixing of the systems of art, fashion, and design. This book brings together visual and written documentation of BLESS's last twelve collections (N° 30–N° 41), continually prompting and challenging the question of where a product begins and ends. Their latest project, N° 41 Retroperspective Home, culminates in an exhibition / intervention of the same title at the Kunsthaus Graz from May–August 2010. “The hybrid nature of [BLESS's] output cries out to be tackled by an institution like ours,” state the curators of the exhibition, “but at the same time makes it very difficult to do so… This is precisely where the challenge of our exhibition lies, seeing art as design and fashion as architecture.”
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “BLESS N° 41 Retroperspective Home,” Kunsthaus Graz – Universalmuseum Joanneum, May 22 – August 29, 2010.
Bless is a provocative collaborative project by Desiree Heiss (Freiburg, D 1971) and Ines Kaag (Fürth, D 1970) generating products in the fields of fashion accessories, design and fine art.
Bless have exhibited internationally at the 1st Berlin biennale (1998/99), Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1999), Centre Pompidou (2000), Manifesta 4 (2002), Palais de Tokyo (2003), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2004), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2003), Goethe-Institut, Tokyo (2005), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2006)...
Edited by Désirée Heiss, Ines Kaag, Manuel Raeder, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Peter Pakesch.
Texts by Andrea Lissoni, Peter Pakesch & Katrin Bucher Trantow, Adriano Sack.
Design by Manuel Raeder
published in September 2010
bilingual edition (English / German)
18,5 x 25 cm (softcover)
416 pages (400 color & 200 b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-1-934105-12-2
EAN : 9781934105122