1. Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen / Centre for Artists’ Publications
The Centre for Artists’ Publication, which operates as part of the Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen, was established in 1999 with the purchase of the collection of the Archive for Small Press & Communication, founded in 1974 by Guy Schraenen (who has had a great professional relationship with Artpool since the beginning as well as several collaborative projects).
The centre now preserves, researches, scientifically processes and makes publicly available some 1,300 running metres of material of 80 collections / estates (including the collection of Géza Perneczky). It has organised numerous important exhibitions and events (conferences and workshops) linked to artists’ publications (artists’ books, artists’ periodicals, artistamps, Mail Art works, films, videos, artists’ records and multimedia publications). In 2010 it published the Manual for Artists’ Publications (MAP): Cataloging Rules, Definitions, and Descriptions to provide guidelines for the museum processing of artists’ books.
During our visit Anne Thurmann-Jajes, the head of the centre, as well as Bettina Brach and other staff members introduced us to the operation of the Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, the organisation of the collections, the principles of digitalisation and database processing, as well as to their acid-free storage solutions and their protocol of receiving researchers.
The storage, research and processing/digitalisation spaces of the Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen / Centre for Artists’ Publications in the Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen
We were shown Géza Perneczky’s Soft Geometry archive, which (sadly for Hungarian researchers) Perneczky bequeathed to the Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen in 2014 and which was installed in Bremen in its original form, using the shelving system invented and carpentered by Perneczky. In the 1970s and 1980s Perneczky regularly visited the then illegal Artpool and we conducted an intense exchange, so the Soft Geometry archive in Bremen contains almost all of the important documents of our activity at the time as well as numerous Mail Art works by György Galántai.
Géza Perneczky’s collection in the Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen