Selections from the Artothek
Curated by Michele Di Menna

March 7 - April 5, 2014

For 'Selections from the Artothek', artist Michele Di Menna has chosen artworks from several of Berlin's Artotheks for display and installation at Kinderhook & Caracas. The idea of making individual artworks widely accessible for the whole population gained a foothold in Europe in the beginning of the 19th century, influenced by the rise of wider socio-political movements. The realization of artwork-loaning took place mainly in book- and art-shops which, at the time, were seen as one in the same branch. As the book- and art-market eventually split, art-loaning died out and was only reborn at the start of the 20th century, later surging after World War II. The first Artothek in Berlin was founded in 1952 by art critic Franz Roh.

Today, thanks to Artothek acquisitions, many works exist in a state of constant rotation and movement, never residing in one place for too long, traveling to homes and offices at the mercy of a standard-issue library card. These works are not imbued with value or permanence by capital, but by the individuals who bring them directly into their homes and view them on a more intimate level. Similarly, they are not depreciated by the whims of the market, but by the wear and tear brought upon them by their many borrowers.

click here to view exhibition pamphlet with list of works.

Documentation: Trevor Good

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