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Selections from the Artothek
Curated by Michele Di Menna
March 7 - April 5, 2014
For 'Selections from the Artothek', artist Michele Di Menna has chosen artworks from several of Berlin's Artotheks for display and installation at Kinderhook & Caracas. The idea of making individual artworks widely accessible for the whole population gained a foothold in Europe in the beginning of the 19th century, influenced by the rise of wider socio-political movements. The realization of artwork-loaning took place mainly in book- and art-shops which, at the time, were seen as one in the same branch. As the book- and art-market eventually split, art-loaning died out and was only reborn at the start of the 20th century, later surging after World War II. The first Artothek in Berlin was founded in 1952 by art critic Franz Roh.
Documentation: Trevor Good