Munich's Haus der Kunst is showcasing 15 international, independent magazines that have originated over the past 13 years. With Felix Burrichter from PIN-UP as its curator, the show provides an insider's perspective on the independent publishing world. Visually engaging, these genre-defining magazines present distinctive viewpoints—often driven by the vision and obsessions of a strong personality.
Supposedly niche publications, the selected magazines all have contributed to broader cultural and especially editorial shifts in a variety of subjects from art, design, architecture, food, and fashion. But most of all, they rethink the potential of the magazine as a medium in the new media landscape: “The growing influence of digital media has also manifested an opposing trend: The highly conceptual, idiosyncratic, and high-quality crafted design of specialty magazines,” says director Okwui Enwezor.
Pile of magazines selected for the exhibition, Photo: Matthu Placek.
Paper Weight — Genre-defining Maagzines 2000 to Now runs from July 12 to October 27. The opening takes place on Thursday, July 11, at 7 PM.
Participating magazines are: 032c, Apartamento, Bidoun, BUTT, Candy, Encens, EY! Magateen, Fantastic Man, Girls Like Us, Picnic, PIN-UP, Sang Bleu, The Gentlewoman, Toilet Paper, and White Zinfandel.