avere luogo (taking place)


Published by Nero
Edition of 1000


Published in conjunction with the exhibition by Nora Schultz, avere luogo, and includes texts by Barbara Buchmaier, Adrienne Drake, Nora Schultz and Josef Strau.


The catalogue includes includes a special project by Nora Schultz.


The final section of the catalogue also includes a special project carried out by the artist in collaboration with NERO. The final 32 pages are part of a selection of over 2,000 70 x 100 cm test sheets originating from the Marchesi printing houses, used for the print machines’ start-up. The layouts of the books to be produced are printed on these sheets, one on top of another. This gives rise to a series of palimpsests, characterized by a stratification of levels which, randomly overlapped, create abstract images of an almost sculptural physicality. Given that this special project is composed of recycled material, each one of these catalogues, in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, is unique and original.








The Taking Place of an Art Publication

Tuesday June 21st 2011
Villa Romana, via Senese 68, Florence
7:30 pm

avere luogo Book Launch and Discussion
followed by an evening of music selected by NERO

With the release of the catalogue avere luogo, published for Nora Schultz’s 2010 solo exhibition at the Fondazione Giuliani in Rome,

Nora Schultz, artist in residence at Villa Romana, Florence
Adrienne Drake, Curator of the Fondazione Giuliani, Rome
Francesco de Figueiredo and Lorenzo Gigotti, NERO, Rome

will host an open discussion addressing today’s production and reception of art publications, and the relevance of publishing within an art context. How does a publication manifest certain frameworks within the process of an exhibition, and how can it challenge these frames, if not break them? How can a catalogue step beyond its primary function of simply documenting and representing an exhibition? Can a catalogue’s design and layout become an active component and extension of the show? Through the collaboration between artist, curator and designer, is it possible to make the confines between these positions more permeable?

In addition, NERO will discuss the history of Nero Magazine, a free press founded in 2004, and their subsequent projects in the ambit of contemporary culture.

Organised by the Fondazione Giuliani per l’arte contemporanea in collaboration with NERO and Villa Romana.