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Title: Martin Papcún. Buildings/Spaces
Texts: Christine Nippe, Petr Rezek
Editor: František Zachoval
Hardback, 16 x 22,5 cm, English/German, 160 pages
The 1st edition. Berlin 2015
ISBN 978-39-817-0171-5
For orders and distribution please contact the author directly: (at) gmail (dot) com

The book Martin Papcún. Buildings/Spaces surveys of the previous decade of the artist’s work. Essays by Christine Nippe and Petr Rezek supplement the survey of works and broaden the perspective on Papcún.

Papcún’s research-based practice is informed by his long-term interest in relationships, definitions of private and public space and the gaps between them. Works presented in the book examine the differences between communication systems — those of states, nations, subcultures and individuals, and their own languages — and systematically interprets broad socio-political systems.

The introductory essay, How to feel and touch the space written by the curator and researcher Christine Nippe focuses on contextualising aspects of Papcún’s work, such as themes of remembering and experiencing, in relation to the work of cultural anthropologist Ulf Hannerz, cultural theorist Aleida Assmann, and sociologist Maurice Halbwachs.

The Czech phenomenologist philosopher and art theorist Petr Pezek contributed three essays to the book: An enlarged violin is not a viola, The ruins of a fortress and Memory as a periscope through time. The common element of these texts is that of refined analysis which has a high literary quality at the same time. While he is well known in the Czech Republic, this will be one of the first times that texts of Rezek’s have been translated and published in English and in German.

We are especially grateful for the close cooperation and support of Martin Papcún, Christine Nippe, Petr Rezek, Kathrin Janka, Andrea Lerner, and Lucy Duggan. Without their personal involvement this book would not have been possible. Our thanks go to Michaela Labudová who was responsible for the graphic design. All texts were very carefully proofread by Rebecca Bligh, Sven Scheer, Hana Janečková and Zuzana Jürgens.







Title: Rudolf Valenta. Rekonstruktion
Sborník textů a dokumentů v kontextu tvorby autora v emigraci (1970–2014)
Eds: Alexander Peroutka, Frantisek Zachoval
Paperback, Czech, 160 pages, black/white
Berlin, January 2015
ISBN 978-39-817-0170-8
Cover and Graphic © Design Michal Chodanič, 2014
If you wish to order the book, email us at info (at) or editor (at) thekarte (dot) org.

Rudolf Valenta left socialist Czechoslovakia in 1970; renouncing the environment that was his home and the nurturing place of his profession. In the modern world, the phenomenon of mobility is
considered to be an important tool for unifying Europe, with greater mobility being both initiated and supported. During the years of Valenta’s exile and his artistic career in Germany (Berlin), Czech society had transformed; with its integration into a unified Europe and adoption of a new scale of values and beliefs. Czech cultural history is an amalgam of instrumental references, which do not
pay adequate attention to creators residing abroad. For this reason, this publication devotes more attention to studying the material of those works which Rudolf Valenta created during his time in his period of German residence.
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Martin Papcún. Prostor-Raum Monografie

Title: Martin Papcún. Prostor/Raum
Editor: František Zachoval
30 x 21 cm
German and Czech
168 pages, numerous colour reproductions, Paperback
Berlin, December 2014

Martin Papcún explores private relationships with public spaces and the spaces we inhabit,
 in works both monumental and miniature. His work is continuously focused on relationships, definitions of private/public space, and gaps between.
 Generally, the author examines the differences between communication systems (states, nations, subcultures and individuals) and their own language systematically interprets the broad socio-political systems. Martin Papcún live and work in Munich.

Production of this monograph is possible by funds from the Czech-German Fund for the Future and a grant from LfA Förderbank Bayern.