In the spotlight
Books from the library collection
Underlying theme: artist’s books

Beschryvinghe van Albrecht Durer van de menschelijcke proportion. Begrepen in vier onderscheyden Boecken, zeer nut ende profijtelijck voor alle Lief-hebbers deser konste.
Arnhem: Ian Iansz boeckverkooper, 1622

Dutch translation of a book on human proportion dating from 1528, written and illustrated with wood engravings by Albrecht Durer. Durer was the first person to comprehensively investigate the proportions of the human body and compare and describe his findings (man, woman, child, fat, thin or tall) and thereby attempted, in a scientific way, to construct a ‘canon’ of man’s image. The book was regarded as a standard work for artists.
Klänge. Wassily Kandinsky.
Munich: R. Piper, 1912

This signed and numbered artist’s book contains 56 wood engravings and 38 poems. In the abstract compositions of his wood engravings, Kandinsky tries to transcend the relation between text and image and prevent one from serving purely as explanation or illustration of the other. Kandinsky hoped that Klänge would convey musical sounds to the spectator and reader.

The book is a marvelous example of the ideas that came into vogue at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century – at the Rijksakademie as well – when text and image were extensively integrated thanks in part to the influence of Antoon Derkinderen.
Dutch Details. Edward Ruscha.
Stichting Octopus, 1971
Project within the context of 'Sonsbeek Buiten de Perken'.

Ed Ruscha made a total of seventeen photo books which spotlight details of everyday things, architecture and culture in Los Angeles. In Dutch Details he translates this to a Dutch living environment. The format of this long, narrow book is thought to refer to the flat Dutch landscape, the long straight canals, bridges, and railway tracks.

It makes up part of a collection of artist’s books from the 1960s, '70s and '80s, when artists began to see a book as an autonomous art work.