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Culture in a Bag and Reading Fever

New Exhibition in the University Library of Freie Universität Shows Book-related Art

№ 45/2010 from Mar 02, 2010

“Book Worlds” is the title of a new exhibition to open Monday, March 8, 2010, at 5 p.m. in the foyer of Freie Universität Berlin’s University Library. The display will include sculptures, collages, and installations by the artist Wolfgang Nieblich, who creates art works dealing with books in a humorous, critical, and reflective manner.

Books in a library are nothing unusual, but Wolfgang Nieblich’s book-related art works have little to do with traditional books. His “Toiletries Bag” [Kulturbeutel] for example consists of a transparent toiletries bag filled with scraps of paper. “Reading Fever” is an old book, the back of which is completely packed with thermometers.

For more than 25 years Wolfgang Nieblich has been creating book objects and artworks from books, parts of books, and the remains of books. As early as 1983–84, the University Library of Freie Universität Berlin showed the first exhibition of his often bizarre and provocative works. In the new exhibition Nieblich presents a selection of his complete works from his private collection and from the holdings of the University Library on such themes as “The Libraries Are Burning” and “Art and Money.”

The exhibition will be on display through April 29. The University Library is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Further Information

Dr. Susanne Rothe
University Library of Freie Universität Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838–53359
Email: rothe@ub.fu-berlin.de