Member’s Edition 2015: Kai Althoff

Kai Althoff, Ohne Titel (Vereinsgabe 2015), Offsetdruck auf Papier mit Bleistift überarbeitet und mit einem Stempel signiert, 75 x 87 cm, 31,5 x 31,5 cm gefaltet

Kai Althoff: Ohne Titel (Vereinsgabe 2015), offset print on paper, signed with stamp, partly overwritten with pencil

Over the past two years, the Vereinsgabe (member’s edition) has developed into an important component of the activities of the Kölnischer Kunstverein. As is well known, our members receive an original work of art specially designed for our institution, with which we would like to thank them for their support. At the same time, with this unusual gesture we are pursuing the goal of inspiring the debate on contemporary art independently of commercial restrictions. In doing so, we tie in with the basic democratic ideas and traditions of the art associations and, as it were, transfer them into the present. Thanks to the member’s edition, we have experienced a significant wave of new members, so that our institution can rejoice in a strengthened basis.

After Rosemarie Trockel (2013) and Lawrence Weiner (2014), it is a very special honour for us to be able to present Kai Althoff’s extraordinary member’s edition to our members this year. Under the pseudonym “Orla” he has produced an album with an elaborately designed original graphic folded around the cover. While the record is a continuation of Althoff’s musical oeuvre and promises an auditory experience that eludes clear stylistic classification, the graphic print with its richly detailed figures and objects gives an insight into the artist’s outstanding graphic work. The drawing represents only one aspect of Kai Althoff’s artistic practice, which also includes painting, sculpture, installation and film. The diversity of the artist’s oeuvre, who was born in Cologne in 1966, will become apparent in the coming year at the latest when the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn devote major exhibitions to him.

We are therefore delighted to be able to introduce our members to a small piece of art history this year with this new member’s edition, which will hopefully be met with great passion and enthusiasm!

The realisation of this unique and special project would not have been possible without the support of various friends and colleagues. At this point we would like to take the opportunity to thank the artists Kai Althoff and Yair Oelbaum, without whom the gift of the association would never have come about. We would also like to thank Mr. Heinrich Miess, who was responsible for the technical printing of the designs with great passion. In addition, we are very grateful to Mrs. Gerburg Imhoff, Mrs. Jutta Rohde and the Imhoff Foundation, who supported the realization with remarkable commitment.

Orla, 2015, 12

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