Archivio Conz

Archivio Conz Archivo Conz houses artworks, documents, editions and personal belongings collected and catalysed by Francesco Conz (Cittadella, 1935–Verona, 2010).

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In remembrance of Jean Dupuy 1925 -2021The Artist, the Poet, the Visionary, the Grammatologist. Jean Dupuy has departed,...
07/04/2021

In remembrance of Jean Dupuy 1925 -2021

The Artist, the Poet, the Visionary, the Grammatologist. Jean Dupuy has departed, beyond the signifier.

Jean Dupuy
Where, 1989
Silkscreen on cloth
Edition of 8 plus I AP - Edizioni Francesco Conz

Jean Dupuy
There, 1989
Silkscreen on cloth
Edition of 8 plus I AP - Edizioni Francesco Conz

Jean Dupuy
Here, 1989
Silkscreen on cloth
Edition of 8 plus I AP - Edizioni Francesco Conz
Photos by Giorgia Palmisano.

In the last picture Jean Dupuy and Francesco Conz.
Photo by Wolfgang Träger.

#jeandupuy #anagrammist #where #there #here #fluxus #archivioconz #francescoconz

« Does poetry still matter today?»« Why do you put the still? Yes, poetry is a still of today»We are mourning the great ...
24/02/2021

« Does poetry still matter today?»
« Why do you put the still? Yes, poetry is a still of today»

We are mourning the great poet, the publisher and painter, the friend of Francesco Conz, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who passed away to remain a still at the age of 101.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Underwear (Take me home with you), 2008
Paint and marker on fabric.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Françoise Janicot
Il papa di niente, 2001
Print on Fabriano paper
Edition of 85 plus XII AP - Edizioni Francesco Conz
Available at www.edizioniconz.com.
📸Giorgia Palmisano

First and last picture from Archivio Conz collection.

#lawrenceferlinghetti #poetry #archivioconz #francescoconz

Happy Birthday to Eugen Gomringer having given a face to poetry and turning 96 years today, from the Archivio Conz!Eugen...
20/01/2021

Happy Birthday to Eugen Gomringer having given a face to poetry and turning 96 years today, from the Archivio Conz!

Eugen Gomringer
Untitled, 1971-1990
Black marker on typewriter "Triumph Matura 50"
26.5 × 50.5 × 40.5 cm

#happybirthday #eugengomringer

An indexical alphabet of walking, of sound, of stillness,  a typology of manifestations,  a manifest of what once was ca...
04/12/2020

An indexical alphabet of walking, of sound, of stillness, a typology of manifestations, a manifest of what once was called „sociological art“ - une Œuvre d’Art.

Thierry Agullo
Untitled, 1973
Iron, nails, marker and paint on pressboard, ink on paper
138 × 86 cm

Thierry Agullo
Untitled (180 "Protalons" - 8 categories - Envoi anonyme?), 1974
Iron, nails, marker and paint on pressboard
138 × 86 cm

#archivioconz #thierryagullo #alphabet #trace #sociologicalart

The original remains in the eyer of the beholder, but, once the difference between copy and original can not be distingu...
12/11/2020

The original remains in the eyer of the beholder, but, once the difference between copy and original can not be distinguished anymore, art is dead, as Panofsky once stated, and he added: «it will not have died because of the reproduction». For Fluxus, for Dick Higgins, Art, the Original of the Copy, is for everyone.

Dick Higgins
Untitled, 1977
Print and ink on paper, cardboard, wood, glass.
#archivioconz #dickhiggins #sarenco #original #copy

Exposed for centuries in the cloisters of Asolo, now secularised but concealed for centuries in the Archivio Conz. Dorot...
26/10/2020

Exposed for centuries in the cloisters of Asolo, now secularised but concealed for centuries in the Archivio Conz.

Dorothee von Windheim
Strappo ad Asolo, 1973 and pictures from the homonym book published by Pari & Dispari curated by Francesco Conz.

#archivioconz #dorotheevonwindheim #strappo #traces #asolo

𝐀vantgarde means learning to spell the alphabet - into the space.Bohumila GrögerováLellera I-V, 1989Ink, pencil on paper...
24/09/2020

𝐀vantgarde means learning to spell the alphabet - into the space.

Bohumila Grögerová
Lellera I-V, 1989
Ink, pencil on paper
30 × 21 cm

We are glad to present Wie zu Hause, Wo ich nicht bin an exhibition shaped after conversations between artists based in ...
03/09/2020

We are glad to present Wie zu Hause, Wo ich nicht bin an exhibition shaped after conversations between artists based in Geneva and Fluxus artists from Archivio Conz Berlin with special guests: Ahouloumeldem, Geraldo de Barros and Jérémy Dafflon.

Wie zu Hause, Wo ich nicht bin is the follow-up to the exhibition Fridges Are not Frigid held in September 2019 at the Archivio Conz Berlin. On that occasion, a group of eight students from the HEAD – Genève was asked to compose an exhibition as a dialogue between their works and those of Francesco Conz’ Fluxus archive. Mounted in the Project Space at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Wie zu Hause, Wo ich nicht bin is an expanded iteration of that event.

Linked to the history of the archive, Wie zu Hause, Wo ich nicht bin has been devised as the articulation between what Francesco Conz’s collection originally constituted and its impact today. In bringing out this impact in the exhibition, the aim is to fashion a way of reading the works that is not presided by appreciation of their historical continuum, but rather by the subtle affinities that they share, based on their commonalities and unpredictability. The works are not decontextualized, it is more a question of an actualization of the context of their appearance in the present moment, and the sense sparked of our relationship to history. Hence, the exhibition is conceived as a sensitive environment on the basis of being inhabited and embodied, to the point of reification, by Francesco Conz himself, by dint of an avatar present in this imagined collection formed by a selection of works from Archivio Conz Berlin combined with works produced for the occasion by eight international artists.

Opening: 17 September 2020, 18.00-21.00
Exhibition: 18 September - 11 October 2020
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#archivioconz #exhibition #centredartcontemporaingeneve #opening #HEAD #geraldodebarros

Brian Buczak, Geoffrey Hendricks“Dream Box”, 1977Wooden suitcase, ink on paper, print, sand, feathers, glass. #summerbre...
23/07/2020

Brian Buczak, Geoffrey Hendricks
“Dream Box”, 1977
Wooden suitcase, ink on paper, print, sand, feathers, glass.
#summerbreak #archivioconz #geoffreyhendricks #brianbuczak #dreambox

Today we homage John Furnival that passed away yesterday at 87 years old. Describing himself as a drawer, part of Furniv...
25/06/2020

Today we homage John Furnival that passed away yesterday at 87 years old.

Describing himself as a drawer, part of Furnival’s practice oscillates between poetry and graphic design. Collaborating with Henri Chopin, they developed the practice of Concrete Poetry and pioneered Visual Poetry.

In the picture: John Furnival
“All the Colours of the Rimbaud - Le Bateau Ivre”, 2000.

The artwork is a book with golden plated text "All the Colours of the Rimbaud - Le Bateau Ivre" on the spine, inserted into a black sleeve. Stored in a customized case with handles, hand-made from parts of various fruit crates, joined and stapled together. The book contains prints on collages made from colorful labels of different origin.

#homage #johnfurnival #archivioconz

#throwback One year ago we had the pleasure to collaborate with Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov for a great exhibition...
22/06/2020

#throwback
One year ago we had the pleasure to collaborate with Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov for a great exhibition at Edizioni Conz Raum.

“Spielplatz” was an exhibition of works and fe**sh material by Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov from the collection of Francesco Conz.
Since the late 70 ́s Morris and Trasov started a long friendship with the Italian collector, characterized by productive residencies in Asolo and Verona and an important development of ideas, works and collaborations that lasted until Conz died in 2010.
On this occasion the Archivio Conz celebrated the history of a prolific relationship, as well with the city of Berlin where the two Canadian artists lived for many years.
#michaelmorris #vincentrasov #francescoconz #archivioconz #edizioniconz #edizioniconzraum #spielplatz #memories

A brand-new location for Francesco Conz's collection!Those are times for big changes: The Archivio Conz and the Edizioni...
04/06/2020

A brand-new location for Francesco Conz's collection!

Those are times for big changes:
The Archivio Conz and the Edizioni Conz moved its related activities to a new unique venue.
We are looking forward to welcoming you, by appointment only at our new address:

Archivio Conz
Lise-Meitner-Straße 7-9
10589 Berlin

#newvenue #archivioconz #edizioniconz #future #allankaprow

Voices from the ArchivioJoe JonesSolar Music Tent, 1982Ringbinder, audio cassette, poster, inserts 22.5 × 18 × 4 cm (8 7...
16/05/2020

Voices from the Archivio
Joe Jones

Solar Music Tent, 1982
Ringbinder, audio cassette, poster, inserts 22.5 × 18 × 4 cm (8 7/8 × 7 1/8 × 1 5/8 inches) Edition of 10 plus I AP
Edizioni Francesco Conz

The artwork contains one red A4 folder with documents, pictures, notes, music partition, tape and flyer inside.
Following a performance in Düsseldorf, 16 March 1982, the edition was finally published in April 1984.

Solar Music Tent" documenting an installation and performance in Hagen, Germany, originally released by Joe Jones in 1982 in an edition of 10 copies.From the early 1980s onwards, Joe Jones released a handful of self-recorded music machine performances on tape under his own record label "Tone-Deaf Music”.
The Solar Music Tent", published by Conz in 1984, "was released in combination with a book: the cassette was included in a red ring binder that held a handwritten photo documentation of the performance of the same name at Karl-Ernst-Osthaus-Museum in Hagen on April 1, 1982, a handwritten music notebook, and an invitation card. The recording itself was titled "Solar Music #5" and was made on March 16, 1982, with the instrument ensemble of the Solar Music Tent at Jones' apartment in Düsseldorf.

#joejones #archivioconz

Voices from the Archivio ConzGeorge BrechtVoid, 1984Paint, stone fossil, synthetic resineach dimension is variablePart o...
11/05/2020

Voices from the Archivio Conz

George Brecht
Void, 1984
Paint, stone fossil, synthetic resin

each dimension is variable

Part of a series of 118 fossils and river stones each stamped with the word "Void" and embedded in clear plastic medium that George Brecht has conceived in collaboration with Francesco Conz. The word VOID stands for silence or nothingness and is a symbol of the mysteriousness and inexplicability. A book about these works, published by Francesco Conz, with a deep introduction by Henry Martin, is available at [email protected] (Concerning George Brecht's Void. Archive F.Conz, Verona 2000)
#GeorgeBrecht #ArchivioConz @ Archivio Conz

Voices from the Archivio ConzHENNING CHRISTIANSEN Untitled, 1986Paint and felt pen on metal, photos, print on paper, glu...
10/05/2020

Voices from the Archivio Conz

HENNING CHRISTIANSEN
Untitled, 1986
Paint and felt pen on metal, photos, print on paper, glue 32.5 × 43 × 12 cm (12 3/4 × 16 7/8 × 4 3/4 inches)
The artwork is an amplifier decorated by hand with green paint patterns. On the top, 2 cut-out photographies are glued and 2 handwritten sentences: "Save the nature - use it" and "on this amplifier I have been working ten years, making my 'music as green' Henning Christiansen".

Henning Christiansen started composing as early as the age of 14. Later he graduated as a clarinettist and music teacher from the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Here he took composition as a subsidiary subject with Vagn Holmboe. Between 1956 and 59 he was a member of the Royal Life Guard Band. In the 60's Henning Christiansen became a prominent figure in the Danish Fluxus movement; in those years he also started working with the legendary artist Joseph Beuys in Dusseldorf. Later he worked at the Hamburg Art Academy as a multimedia professor. Apart from chamber-, orchestral- and vocal music his oeuvre includes music for films and television.
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Voices of the Archivio Conz.Larry MillerGenomic License No.5 (Alison Knowles Properties), 1992-1997Print on paper, photo...
04/05/2020

Voices of the Archivio Conz.
Larry Miller
Genomic License No.5 (Alison Knowles Properties), 1992-1997
Print on paper, photography, wood, various materials
200 × 250 cm (78 ¾ × 98 ⅜ inches)

The American artist Larry Miller foresaw a problem with the ownership of your genes and of your personal and unique genome.
Miller, who was born in 1944 and presently lives in New York, has been active as an artist since the late 1960s.
In the late 1980s he started questioning the boundaries between art and science in works exploring issues raised by genetic science.
He first claimed the copyright to his personal genome while exploring the ownership of DNA and commercial applications of genetic technology, and in 1992 he designed a Genetic Code Copyright Certificate to visually address this problematic situation. In so doing, he anticipated the fact that your/our genes can be owned by other people rather than by you/us. He did so long before companies got involved with the ownership of genes, making his Genetic Code Copyright Certificate very much ahead of its time.
#ArchivioConz #LarryMiller #AlisonKnowles #FrancescoConz

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As we wrote already in a previous post, Ellen Fullman won the Guggenheim fellow prize 2020 for music and composition. Co...
02/05/2020
A Composer and Her (Very) Long String Instrument

As we wrote already in a previous post, Ellen Fullman won the Guggenheim fellow prize 2020 for music and composition. Congratulations again!
Here an article of New York Times on her work and practice. The article by Kerry O´Brien includes pictures (by Luis Artemio De Los Santos) of her sublime performance (with Konrad Sprenger) at the Archivio Conz last May. Ellen Fullman used to work as collaborator and assistant of Alvin Lucier, one of the fathers and references of contemporary composition. Alvin Lucier was a good friend of Francesco Conz and two beautiful editions by him were published by Conz to celebrate this friendship and collaboration.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/arts/music/ellen-fullman.html

Ellen Fullman is sheltering in place with the 40-string, 45-foot-long droning instrument she created decades ago.

Just few months ago...Pause: Broken Sounds / Remote Music. Prepared Pianos from the Archivio Conz Collection 15.01.2020 ...
16/04/2020

Just few months ago...

Pause: Broken Sounds / Remote Music. Prepared Pianos from the Archivio Conz Collection
15.01.2020 - 19.01.2020

The Archivio Conz, in collaboration with the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, has announced Pause: Broken Sounds/Remote Music. Prepared pianos from the Archivio Conz collection – a five-day event and exhibition showcasing avant-garde artists’ “prepared pianos” selected from Italian collector and patron Francesco Conz’s collection. From January 15—19, 2020, the KW main exhibition space will be the stage for performances, tying the artworks to various contemporary approaches and explorations on sound.

Selected from a collection of over 65 “prepared pianos,” the 24 works in the exhibition are deeply tied to the history of the Archivio. The Archivio Conz is dedicated to presenting and preserving the archive and publishing project of Francesco Conz (Cittadella, 1935 – Verona, 2010) – a significant patron and collector of Fluxus, Viennese Actionism, ZAJ, Concrete Poetry, and Lettrist works. First acquainted with the Viennese Actionism and New York avant-garde movements in the early 1970s, Conz grew personally engaged with the artists and their creative process. Turning his home in Asolo, Italy, into an international meeting place for artists to live and work, he spent the next thirty years working with more than 120 artists, commissioning and producing the over 3,000 works that constitute the Archivio today.

Building on John Cage’s first artistic exploration of the medium at the end of the 1930s, the “prepared pianos” are commonly understood as pianos altered by placing objects between or on the strings. Throughout the years, a wide range of artists have manipulated the instrument – moving beyond the alteration of sound to fully rethink the structure and form of the piano as a privileged place for artistic creativity. The selection of pianos in the exhibition includes works by Roberts Watts, Carolee Schneemann, Jack Hirschman, Ay-O, Nam June Paik, Allan Kaprow, Dorothy Iannone, among many others.

The exhibition leans on the piano’s many facets – as a symbol of the virtuosity of Western music, but also as an object deeply rooted in society, culture, and the visual arts. Pursuing Francesco Conz and the artists’ exploration of the boundaries between art and music, the presentation traces the historical roots and motivations that led artists to openly attack an emblem of Western musical tradition, thereby unveiling its social undertones. In doing so, it also examines the ways in which artists sought to extend common understandings of music – deconstructing the traditional bond between music and noise; integrating and amplifying the visual dimension of musical performances; and turning performers and audiences into protagonists of a creative sound happening.

The resulting visual environment – one that is at once architectural and evocative of sound – rethinks the exhibition space as a platform for further explorations into contemporary art and sound. For five days, Pause: Broken Sounds/Remote Music will be activated through a series of performances examining various approaches to sound – extending it through poetry, movement, and musical experimentation. The program will notably include American visual artist and musician Charlemagne Palestine’s minimalist interpretations; a “instrumental conversation” recording session by Sky Walking; German musicians Phillip Sollmann (Efdemin) and Konrad Sprenger’s esoteric approaches to music; a vocal exploration of sound by English poet Angharad Williams; and a choreographed piece by Croatian visual artist and dance maker Nina Kurtela.

Congratulations to Ellen Fullman who won the Guggenheim fellowship 2020 for music and composition. We had the pleasure a...
16/04/2020

Congratulations to Ellen Fullman who won the Guggenheim fellowship 2020 for music and composition. We had the pleasure and the honor to have her performing at the Archivio Conz, together with the Berlin based composer Konrad Sprenger, the 26th of May 2019. It was an incredibile evening, a point of connection for several cultural reasons.
Congratulations for this prize!!! 👏🏽👏🏽 📷Luis Artemio De Los Santos

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