At the instigation of its Visual Communication Department, HEAD–Genève, Geneva School of Art and Design is launching P.A.G.E.S, an international fair dedicated to prints, art publications and reproductions.
Over 100 publishers, artists and designers will gather together from 6 to 8 December 2019 in Le Cube, a 1200-m2 exhibition space in the campus of HEAD – Genève in the heart of the city.
P.A.G.E.S. is a platform where art and design publications, advance copies, fanzines, posters, reproductions, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, limited editions and other printed objects will be made available to the public. Alongside this, the event will feature conferences, workshops, performances and signings over the three days. In the Cube’s neighbouring Design Room, MAMCO (the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts, Geneva) will showcase a selection of books and reproductions published by Claude Givaudan. The fair will also host HEAD’s designers’ market, where creations, accessories, items of furniture, objects, clothes and unique items will be on display.
P.A.G.E.S. will provide an area for dialogue and creation as well as an opportunity to meet.
HEAD – Genève
7 avenue de Châtelaine,
1203 Geneva, Switzerland
Friday 6 December 2019
Saturday 7 December 2019
Sunday 8 December 2019
In 1966, Claude Givaudan (1938–1988) opened Galerie Givaudan in Paris. In 1978, he opened a second gallery in his native city of Geneva. Givaudan was born into a family of renowned chemists, specializing in flavors and perfumes, but his personal passion was for the arts and culture, especially literature and contemporary art.
The Geneva gallery organized numerous exhibitions, including shows by Piotr Kowalski, Takis, Louis Cane, Sturtevant, “Ready-mades and editions by and about Marcel Duchamp,” Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, etc. But it was as a publisher that Claude Givaudan proved most influential. Inventive, curious, groundbreaking, he published limited editions, books, prints, sculptures, records, and films over a twenty-year period beginning in 1965, in collaboration with poets, writers artists, and film makers.
Givaudan developed a corpus of unbridled originality, both in terms of the materials used—such as Rhodoid, acetate, and metal—and the forms of the resulting book works: cardboard boxes, paper sculptures, wooden boards, ping-pong balls. Asked why he continued to refer to these objects as “books,” he replied that each contained text that was designed to be read. They were books that “sought neither simplicity nor ease of comprehension.”
Thanks to a generous gift, MAMCO holds a nearcomplete set of these publications, including numerous first editions: a fitting tribute to an extraordinary publisher, who never tired of baiting his readers, as with this warning, in Catalogue-Sculpteurs (1966): “Catalogue for the stressed, the hyper-active, the over-stretched, lazy, and impatient, who prefer to leaf through its pages beside a warm fire, with a decent pipe and a tumbler of whisky to hand.”
Macaco will make a performance to present their book on a large cover and invite people to listen to their readings or read books.
Fabienne Radi will read excerpts from her book "Peindre des colonnes vertébrales" and Jérémie Gindre will offer an illustrated reading of his text "Le Cheval-qui-nage ", taken from the book "Image Canoë".
Editor: Sombres Torrents
Pierre Leguillon will sign his book "Ads."
Editor: Triangle Books
Daphné Bengoa and Leo Fabrizio will present their book "Fernand Pouillon et l’Algérie. Bâtir à hauteur d'hommes"
Launch of a book created by a collaboration between Studio H13 and Antoine Eckart
Lecture of Journal #01 or #02 by Matthieu Blond.
Signature by Ripopée
Book presentation of Fuzao Studio.
Address: HEAD-Genève Bâtiment H,
Avenue de Châtelaine 7, 1203 Genève
Access plan: (.pdf)
Accss from Cornavin station:
Bus 10, 19 an 6 direction Venier stop Guye
Bus stops close:
Guye: bus 10, 19 et 6
Les Ouches: bus 22, 19 et 6