It was in the winter of 2016, that the newly formed Riki Mijling Foundation announced its plans to support a monographic publication on Riki Mijling.
This book, edited by Antoon Melissen, will have three authors: essayist-poet Eugen Gomringer and art historians Peter Lodermeyer and Antoon Melissen.
In his essay, Melissen traces the origin of Mijling’s work, placing it in a context of predecessors and contemporaries. His essay will link the development of her oeuvre to influential exhibitions, biennales and publications from the mid-1970s onwards. Thus, this essay offers more than an insight in the topicality of Riki Mijling’s oeuvre alone: it also mirrors a changing cultural landscape which, since the 1970s, has become increasingly transboundary and multi-disciplinary.
Essays by Eugen Gomringer and Peter Lodermeyer’s essay will put special emphasis on the rich tradition of European minimalist tendencies, and the meaning of Mijling’s work in relation to contemporary notions of 'minimalism' and 'non-objectivity'.
Expected Spring 2018
About the Authors
Antoon Melissen (Borne, the Netherlands, 1967) is an art historian, curator and writer, with a special interest in post-war Dutch art in an international context. Melissen published several monographs, among them Armando. Between Knowing and Understanding (nai010 Publishers, April 2015), and Jan Schoonhoven (nai010 Publishers, January 2016). He wrote catalogue texts for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and David Zwirner Gallery, New York.
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Peter Lodermeyer (Ottweiler, Germany, 1962) is an art historian, art critic and author. Since 1999, Lodermeyer published books, scholarly articles, artist interviews, catalogues and essays on a variety of aspects of contemporary art. He also lectured on several international symposia, and is a distinguished member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). Peter Lodermeyer is a professor in Art History at the Rheinische Universität in Wuppertal, Germany.
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Eugen Gomringer (Cachuela Esperanza, Bolivia, 1925) is an internationally renowned poet-essayist, and counts as the founder of post-war 'concrete poetry'. Since the 1950s, Gomringer has published extensively on the visual arts and literature. Gomringer is founder of the IKKP, institut für konstruktive kunst und konkrete poesie, and Kunsthaus Rehau, an exhibition space with a focus on non-objective, concrete art.
About the Graphic Designer
Loek Kemming (Velp, the Netherlands, 1951) is a leading typographer and graphic designer in the field of architecture and design, combined with a strong involvement in substantial, editorial work. Kemming served as editor and designer of Items, the most important Dutch design periodical, meanwhile designing house styles, books and magazines for leading entities in the publishing world (Bis Publishers, 010 Publishers, Thoth Publishers) and Dutch architects. In Germany he worked with Teunen & Teunen Designvertrieb in Johannisberg, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Vitra Design Museum, Karl Mertens International GmbH in Solingen, and Inneneinrichter Krüger in Münster.