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Blinky Palermo Printed Matter

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Blinky Palermo Printed Matter

As a Düsseldorf school boy, Rüdiger Maaß was drawn to the attention of Blinky Palermo, who Maaß credits as his integral trigger to art. Over twenty years ago he started to collect anything that he could find, of printed paraphernalia surrounding the German abstractionist. This has amounted to around 450 pieces of a Palermo printed matter collection, and an intensive historical following. Outside of this, the collecting interests of Rüdiger and his wife Andrea, lie in the young and contemporary.

Considered as a hidden pearl of Munich, the Metropol Kunstraum – a former gas station and car workshop – invited Rüdiger Maaß as their second guest for a collection presentation, with an exhibition titled Blinky Palermo – Printed Matter. The exhibition did not show artworks by Blinky Palermo, which have been exhibited often in recent years, including at the Goetz Collection in Munich 2017, but printed matter of catalogues, posters and invitation cards, which resulted from the artist and his exhibition activities. Such ephemera traces a period from 1965 to 2018, and thus both provides an exciting insight into both the exhibitions and reception of Palermo, from his first exhibition up until today, as well as that of over 50 years of graphic design.

Although no works by Palermo were shown, an edition by Olaf Nicolai, which refers to Blinky Palermo, presented one work of art to be seen in the exhibition.

“For the visitors of the exhibition, I would like them to be able to grasp a little of the “spirit” of Palermo’s work and the time I see in it through the printed matter, and also to experience the relevance of Palermo during his lifetime and to this day. Therefore, it should be a short excursion not only into art history, but also into contemporary history.” – Rüdiger Maaß

The Metropol Kunstraum exists since 2007 under the initiation of collector Markus Michalke, who presents positions from his collection in the rooms, with a focus on works on paper and sculpture. The garage building is architecturally characterised by a projecting trumpet canopy, and was built in 1955 to function as the base of an apartment building.

In this Collection Feature, presented following is image material of the catalogue objects and the catalogue itself, as seen in the catalogue of Rüdiger’s collection, Blinky Palermo – Printed Matter. Special mention goes to Maximilian Schachtner and Daily Dialogue who co-conceptualised and designed the catalogue, and to Hannes Rohrer for the photos!

MONOGRAPHS

1973,
1973, "Palermo – Objekte", Werksverzeichnis, Städtisches Museum, Mönchengladbach. (Catalogue box with original drawing from Palermo on the lid). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1973,
1973, "Palermo – Objekte", Werksverzeichnis, Städtisches Museum, Mönchengladbach. Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1975,
1975, "Palermo – Metallbilder", XII. Bienal de Sâo Paulo, Sâo Paulo. Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1974,
1974, "Palermo – Mappenwerke", Künstlersiedlung Halfmannshof, Gelsenkirchen. Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1985,
1985, "Palermo – Werke 1963–77", Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, München. Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1967,
1967, "Hommage á Lidice, Galerie René Block", Berlin (inkl. Originalcollage von G. Rühm und Karte Remember Lidice, Archiv Block, 2015). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
2003,
2003, "To the people….“, Talk about Blinky Palermo, Bonn. Photo: Hannes Rohrer

GROUP CATALOGUES

1967,
1967, "Hommage á Lidice", Galerie René Block, Berlin (incl. original collage from G. Rühm and Karte Remember Lidice, Archiv Block, 2015). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1969,
1969, "Blockade ’69, Räume von Beuys", Palermo, Hödicke, Panamarenko, Lohaus, Giese, Knoebel, Ruthenbeck, Polke, Ausstellungsreihe, Galerie René Block, Berlin. Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1969,
1969, "Blockade ’69, Räume von Beuys", Palermo, Hödicke, Panamarenko, Lohaus, Giese, Knoebel, Ruthenbeck, Polke, Ausstellungsreihe, Galerie René Block, Berlin. Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1970,
1970, "Strategy: Get Arts", Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh (Katalogbeitrag von Polke ist eine Edition, WVZ Von der Osten 13). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1970,
1970, "Strategy: Get Arts", Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh (Katalogbeitrag von Polke ist eine Edition, WVZ Von der Osten 13). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1972,
1972, "Beleg II", Städt. Museum, Mönchengladbach (Vorzugsausgabe, inkl. Originalgrafiken von Palermo, Mack, Ruthenbeck). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1972,
1972, "Beleg II", Städt. Museum, Mönchengladbach (Vorzugsausgabe, inkl. Originalgrafiken von Palermo, Mack, Ruthenbeck). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1978,
1978, "La Biennale di Venezia 1978 – From nature to art, from art to nature", Venice/Milan. Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1978,
1978, "La Biennale di Venezia 1978 – From nature to art, from art to nature", Venice/Milan. Photo: Hannes Rohrer

MAGAZINE

1968,
1968, "Palermo, von Henning Christiansen, in: Hvedekorn, Nr. 1, 1968", Zeitschrift für Literatur und Grafik (Gestaltung: Per Kirkeby und Poul Gernes). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1968,
1968, "Palermo, von Henning Christiansen, in: Hvedekorn, Nr. 1, 1968", Zeitschrift für Literatur und Grafik (Gestaltung: Per Kirkeby und Poul Gernes). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
Catalogue interior cover picture, Palermo library. Photo: Hannes Rohrer
Catalogue interior cover picture, Palermo library. Photo: Hannes Rohrer

POSTERS

1967, Exhibition
1967, Exhibition "Palermo", Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich (poster design by Blinky Palermo, signed). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1973, Exhibition
1973, Exhibition "Palermo mural painting", Kunstverein in Hamburg. Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1971/72, Exhibition
1971/72, Exhibition "Palermo Wandmalerei", Cabinet for Contemporary Art Bremerhaven (screen printing). Photo: Hannes Rohrer
1984, Exhibition
1984, Exhibition "Palermo – Works 1963–1977", Kunstmuseum Winterthur. Photo: Hannes Rohrer

EPHEMERA

(top) 1965,
(top) 1965, "WEISS-WEISS", group exhibition invitation card, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf (first exhibition in which Palermo was exhibited under the pseudonym Palermo); (bottom) 1968, "Robert Roman - pictures", exhibition opening invitation card, Gallery Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf (card addressed to Palermo)
(top) 1965,
(top) 1965, "WEISS-WEISS", group exhibition invitation card, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf (first exhibition in which Palermo was exhibited under the pseudonym Palermo); (bottom) 1968, "Robert Roman - pictures", exhibition opening invitation card, Gallery Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf (card addressed to Palermo)
1969,
1969, "Palermo / Drawing, Henning Christiansen / Music / Model op.33", invitation leaflet exhibition opening cabinet for contemporary art Bremerhaven
1969,
1969, "Palermo / Drawing, Henning Christiansen / Music / Model op.33", invitation leaflet exhibition opening cabinet for contemporary art Bremerhaven
(top) 1969/70,
(top) 1969/70, "EN BLOC", Invitation Exhibition/Information on Edition 28 of Galerie René Block, Berlin (mounted in a cardboard display with an image of each of the participating artists); (bottom) 1970, "Palermo. Picture-drawing-objects", exhibition invitation card Rudolf Zwirner gallery, Cologne
(top) 1969/70,
(top) 1969/70, "EN BLOC", Invitation Exhibition/Information on Edition 28 of Galerie René Block, Berlin (mounted in a cardboard display with an image of each of the participating artists); (bottom) 1970, "Palermo. Picture-drawing-objects", exhibition invitation card Rudolf Zwirner gallery, Cologne
(top) 1970/7,
(top) 1970/7, "Palermo wall painting", invitation card exhibition Cabinet for Contemporary Art Bremerhaven; (bottom) 1971/72, "Palermo wall painting", invitation card exhibition Cabinet for Contemporary Art Bremerhaven
(top) 1970/7,
(top) 1970/7, "Palermo wall painting", invitation card exhibition Cabinet for Contemporary Art Bremerhaven; (bottom) 1971/72, "Palermo wall painting", invitation card exhibition Cabinet for Contemporary Art Bremerhaven
1980,
1980, "Blinky Palermo 1964-1976", Invitation card exhibition Dia Art Foundation New York in Cologne (incl. explanatory text on the Dia Art Foundation)
1980,
1980, "Blinky Palermo 1964-1976", Invitation card exhibition Dia Art Foundation New York in Cologne (incl. explanatory text on the Dia Art Foundation)
2018/19,
2018/19, "Blinky Palermo Printed matter",opening invitation card, catalogue presentation and exhibition Metropol Kunstraum, Munich
2018/19,
2018/19, "Blinky Palermo Printed matter",opening invitation card, catalogue presentation and exhibition Metropol Kunstraum, Munich

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