Paper Weight — Genre-defining Magazines 2000 to Now

Exhibition 12.07 – 27.10.13

A fresh look at independent publishing in the twenty-first century that focuses on 15 international, independent magazines that have originated over the past 13 years. Each stands out as a forerunner of broader cultural shifts or movements. Including publications like "032c", "Apartamento", "Bidoun", "BUTT", "Candy", "Encens", and "Sang Bleu", the exhibition's selected magazines treat subjects as varied as architecture, art, design, fashion, food, and sex. Yet, rather than specifically catering to visible demand, these titles have imagined new and unexpected demographics that transcend their general topics. Often driven by the vision (and obsessions) of a strong personality, each of these magazines is visually engaging, presents distinctive viewpoints, and innovatively rethinks the potential of the magazine as a medium in the new media landscape. 

Curated by Felix Burrichter, the editor and creative director of "PIN–UP" magazine, the exhibition provides an insider’s perspective on the independent publishing world, while also exploring the larger cultural significance of these niche products. Represented as a collection of oversize, walk-through magazines, each publication is illustrated and situated within its specific cultural context in an exhibition designed by the Athens-based artist and architect Andreas Angelidakis. www.angelidakis com

Magazines (selection)
Magazines (selection)
© Andreas Angelidakis
© Andreas Angelidakis

Stretch your view


Stretch your view


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Paper Weight / PIN-UP

PIN–UP's international outlook and bold, award-winning design have created a new platform where architecture, art, and design can be rediscovered in relation to one another. MORE


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Paper Weight / Candy

Enlisting the power of desire, play, androgyny, and celebrity, "Candy" challenges the taboos usually associated with cross-dressing, transvestism, and transsexualism. MORE


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Paper Weight / Fantastic Man

Decidedly less product- and more Gestalt-driven, and always celebratory of the eccentricities inherent to a truly personal style, "Fantastic Man" emphasizes liberated discernment over tasteful conformity. MORE


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Paper Weight / Bidoun

Focusing on art and culture in and from the Middle East, "Bidoun" encourages collaborations that surpass the borders of the culturally dynamic yet politically charged region. MORE


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Paper Weight / Sang Bleu

"Sang Bleu" channels co-founders Maxime Büchi and Jeanne-Salomé Rochat’s fascination with body modification, fetish, and tattoos through the lenses of art, culture, and fashion. MORE


In the press

Paper Weight: Press review

The exhibition review provides an enlightening insight into the presentation "Paper Weight — Genre-defining Magazines 2000 to Now". MORE


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Paper Weight / White Zinfandel

White Zinfandel revolves around food and art, for which the notion of taste serves as both the catalyst and the lowest common denominator of a larger cultural conversation. MORE


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Exhibition program Jun—Oct 2013 on video

Director Okwui Enwezor’s introductory video provides an overview of the museum’s current exhibitions. MORE