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Good morning, little cat so white

Besides important key works such as Raum 19 III(1968/2006), Batterie (2005), and the 21-part complex of works from the so-called Core Pieces, this catalog presents new works of art created by the artist Imi Knoebel (*1940) especially for the exhibition Guten Morgen, weisses Kätzchen (Good morning, white kitten) at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv. They position Knoebel’s work in a dialogue with the historical legacy of constructive, concrete, and conceptual art. Along with many photographs of the works and the exhibition itself, the catalog also features texts by Sabine Schaschl, Max Wechsler, and Beat Wismer.

Ed. Sabine Schaschl, text(s) by Max Wechsler, Beat Wismer, Sabine Schaschl, graphic design by Harald Pridgar

Publisher Hatje Cantz
Language German / English

CHF 43.00

Jürg Stäuble

Being More Than a System

Even though his three-dimensional sculptures and installations usually arise from mathematical ideas, construction drawings, and models, Jürg Stäuble (*1948 in Wohlen, Switzerland) is not a constructivist artist in the usual sense. For him, geometry is more a starting point than the goal, even though his works follow precise rules of play. Based on six-sided or circular structures, as well as on systems of order such as sequencing, displacement, layering, and interpenetration, the sculptures question the characteristics of space and its perception. Thus, his artistic interventions in the German-speaking parts of Switzerland often take place in architectural or public settings. This publication honors the Swiss artist’s approximately fifty years of creativity in the fields of Minimal Art, Land Art, and Conceptual Art.

Publisher Hatje Cantz
Language German/English

CHF 49.00 / member CHF 44.00


The Bauhaus radiates an unbroken vitality even today - more than 90 years after its founding. The Bauhaus, a school where arts and crafts, art and technology were taught together, has survived all the fashions of architecture and design. The present volume provides an insight into the historical, cultural-philosophical, political and pedagogical environment of its time of origin, portrays the famous Bauhaus directors and teachers, introduces the pedagogical methods and opens the doors to the reader to the individual workshops where he can still discover the unique wealth of forms and ideas of Bauhaus products.

Editors Jeannine Fiedler / Peter Feierabend

Publisher h.f. ullmann publishing
Language German

CHF 69.00

Alicja Kwade


Wonderment and the Inexplicableness of the Whole Inspire Me. Alicja Kwade 

Few positions in art currently attract more attention than the works of the young sculptor Alicja Kwade (b. Katowice, 1979; lives and works in Berlin). They show how easy it would be to lift our construction of reality off its hinges. In her installations, objects, and photographs, experiments in philosophical thought take concrete shape, reminding us that we cannot understand everything. Both social conventions and the laws of physics are at stake. Alicja Kwade’s discreet interventions in scenes of everyday life can invert gravity, transmute pebbles into jewels, and even open doors to parallel worlds. She tries to render the invisible visible, to comprehend the unimaginable. To this end, the artist creates sometimes poetic, sometimes absurd forms in a world otherwise determined by reason. 

Publisher DISTANZ
Language German / English

CHF 52.90

Max Bill

No Beginning No End, second Edition 2018

First published to accompany a 2008 exhibition at the Museum Marta Herfordin Herford, Germany, this handsome volume displays Bill’s wide-ranging work and sets him in the context of his cultural milieu by featuring works by his contemporaries, such as Kurt Schwitters, Wassily Kandinsky, and Donald Judd. Accompanying essays investigate Bill’s influence on other artists and the lasting importance of his oeuvre in the present.

Verlag Scheidegger Spiess
Language German / Englisch

CHF 49.00

Marlow Moss

A Forgotten Maverick

The British artist Marlow Moss (1889–1958) is one of the few early female Constructivists who inspired the great modernist masters. For instance, the so-called double line was one of her most important inventions, which she began employing in her paintings in 1930. It is one of the elements that both Piet Mondrian and Jean Gorin picked up on for their own neo-sculptural compositions. Even though they do not openly refer to her, their works are still closely related to Moss and they share her original, new ideas about art and composition. Unlike her contemporaries, Moss did not limit herself to painting. She applied her linear structures and mathematical principles to reliefs and sculptures as well. These aspects of her work, along with her unusual life, are discussed in detail in this exhibition cataloge.

Ed. Sabine Schaschl, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Stiftung für konstruktive, konkrete und konzeptuelle Kunst; Texts by Lucy Howarth, Ankie de Jongh-Vermeulen, Sabine Schaschl; Graphic design by Harald Pridgar

Publisher Hatje Cantz
Language German/English

CHF 42.00 / member CHF 39.00

Collection catalogue

Thinking Outside the Box

What began in 1986 as a small circle of avid fans of constructive-concrete art, has since grown into a museum with an impressive collection. Today, the Haus Konstruktiv can name over 900 works as its own, including around 100 new additions just in the past five years. The Thinking Outside the Box volume on the collection is more than a mere continuation of the 2011 overview “Ganz Konkret”; it is a richly illustrated tour of the anniversary exhibition that presents the new acquisitions as well as key figures in constructive-concrete art. Contemporary guest interventions by Olaf Breuning, Claudia Comte, Martin Creed, Sylvie Fleury, Christian Jankowski, Yves Netzhammer, Nedko Solakov, Martin Walde, and WBG AG provide new commentary on the collection in a way that is as humorous as it is subversive. With articles by Bob Nickas, Burkhard Meltzer, Sabine Schaschl and Brandon Taylor, plus an interview with the museum’s first director, Margit Weinberg Staber.

Publisher Hatje Cantz
Language German/English

CHF 67.00 / member 59.00

Collection catalogue


Reduction is very much in vogue again: ZERO is undergoing a major international revival, important Op artists are being rediscovered, and new art galleries with a contemporary platform are presenting the influential Conceptual artists of the sixties and seventies. In short, Constructive, Concrete, and Conceptual themes are once again absolutely up-to-date. Haus Konstruktiv has been working with precisely these themes for several years now. In nine chapters, Complete Concrete describes the more than one-hundred-year history of these three genres to the present day. Both group and solo projects by, among others, Georges Vantongerloo, Tobias Madison, and Magdalena Fernandez present the theme of art history as an exciting space in which the past and present resonate. This is the first publication to present the collection from Haus Konstruktiv, and it documents a cross-section of important stances from 1900 to 2010 in an intriguing and multifaceted way. An intriguing and multifaceted examination of the development of Concrete, Constructivist, and Conceptual Art.

Publisher Hatje Cantz
Language German/English

CHF 20.00
instead of 65.00 / member 15.00 instead of 58.00 

Cerith Wyn Evans

The What If?...Scenario (after LG)

Edited by Eva Wilson and Daniela Zyman
Contributions by Liam Gillick, Florian Hecker, Carsten Höller, Robin Mackay, Jeannie Moser, Molly Nesbit, Olaf Nicolai, Martin Prinzhorn, Maria Spiropulu, Eva Wilson, Cerith Wyn Evans, Daniela Zyman

This catalogue accompanies the eponymous exhibition at TBA21–Augarten in Vienna and brings together threads and voices of leading contemporary artists, scientists, and theoreticians exploring Cerith Wyn Evans’s polyphonic oeuvre.

A reality where matter meets dark matter, where the existence of a new elementary particle is conjured from theory—like an alternative world unlocked by psychotropic drugs—and results in the most complex experimental facilities ever built, brings us to the heart of Wyn Evans’s new work at the Augarten, A Community Predicated on the Basic Fact Nothing Really Matters, but also figures as a conceptual model for the publication. CERN—the European Laboratory for Particle Physics—is devoted to the detection of a particle of the most labile and liminal nature, the Higgs boson. The Higgs is an afterthought, the materialization of wishful thinking: the Large Hadron Collider at CERN is constructed entirely on the fiction of a simulated projection of the missing particle whose necessity was postulated long before its discovery. A Community Predicated on the Basic Fact Nothing Really Matters centers on the Higgs on the one hand and the formula for LSD on the other, both containing the potential of generating new worlds.

Publisher Sternberg Press
Copublished with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
Language English

CHF 39.00

Cerith Wyn Evans, Hans Ulrich Obrist

The Conversation Series 24

Cerith Wyn Evans talks to Hans Ulrich Obrist in a very open manner about his career as a video and filmmaker, initially assisting Derek Jarman, and then making experimental films during the 1980s. Since the 1990s, his work could be characterised by its focus on language and perception, as well as its precise, conceptual clarity that is often developed out of the context of the exhibition site or its history. For him, he states, installations should work like a catalyst: a reservoir of possible meanings that can unravel many discursive journeys. Moreover, his work has a highly refined aesthetic that is often informed by this deep interest in film history and literature.

Publisher Walther König
Language English

CHF 32.00

Tomás Saraceno

Aerosolar Journeys

Tomás Saraceno sees his multidisciplinary work as artistic research, in which he pursues the notion of a “realizable utopia”. Inspired by physical and biological phenomena, such as the thermodynamics of the atmosphere or the structures of spider webs, he works together with relevant experts, including biologists, engineers and architects, developing sensational works: enormous air-filled sculptures that float upwards, relying on nothing more than solar radiation and the infrared radiation from the Earth’s surface, or web structures that are as spectacular as they are delicate. His visionary projects can be linked to the Russian constructivists and suprematists Kazimir Malevich and El Lissitzky, who were already pursuing the notion of flying cities in their day. In response to global, ecological and societal challenges, Saraceno’s works act as models for future, sustainable living.

Editors Museum Haus Konstruktiv / Wilhelm-Hack-Museum

Publisher Walther König
Language German/English

CHF 45.00 / member CHF 40.00

After Constructivism

Brandon Taylor

When Constructivism emerged shortly after the Russian Revolution, its central principles concerned structure and efficiency in the work of art and the nature and properties of materials. In a series of eight essays, Brandon Taylor examines the origins of these principles and their extraordinary consequences for the rest of modern art. Even before Constructivism, structure was a vital ingredient in Cubist art. After it, ideas about faktura or the “madeness” of an art object—and about its rational organization—became stock-in-trade for De Stijl in Holland and Art Concret in France and bore decisively on other currents such as Surrealism and abstract art. After 1945, artistic movements including Systems, Kinetic and Minimal Art were all touched by the long reach of Constructivist ideals. Recent art has proved no exception. Taylor shows that casual attitudes to materials, even the collapse of Constructivist ideals, have helped form the artistic tenor of our times. Author: Brandon Taylor, Publisher Yale University Press New Haven and London. Language English.

CHF 79.00

Ulla von Brandenburg

It has a Golden Yellow Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon

A unique style which brings film, architecture and installation together in theatrical presentations: Ulla von Brandenburg can be rightly called one of Germany’s most exciting visual artists. What is special about the works of Ulla von Brandenburg is the way she explores relationships between people. Moreover, she is able to create stories which deal with the thresholds between reality and artifice. The German artist often uses historical source material and transforms it into the present. In this way she tacitly reveals the rules that govern our social reality. Her innovative mixture of film, drawing, installation and performance will allow the audience to see the interaction of language, exchange and colour. ACCA presents the art of Ulla von Brandenburg within the scenery of a baroque opera set and also published a book which documents the whole exhibition.

Publisher Mousse Publishing
Language English/Français

CHF 49.00

Christian Herdeg

Lyrical Minimalism

Edited by Sabine Schaschl / Museum Haus Konstruktiv

Christian Herdeg (*1942 in Zurich, where he lives and works) has been experimenting for over 40 years with the medium of artificial light. He's a swiss pioneer artist in using luminescent lamps. The monograph shows important stages of his work from 1970 to this day. With contributions of Benno Schubiger, Yvonne Ziegler, Sabine Schaschl, Christian Herdeg, Deborah Keller, Daniel Morgenthaler.

Publisher Wienand Verlag
Language German/English

CHF 44.00 / member 39.00

Mit subversivem Glanz

Max Bill und seine Zeit

It's the first biography about the great artist, designer, architect and homo politicus: Volume I (1908-1939) gives an insight into his childhood, the time at Bauhaus and his social ideals.

Publisher Scheidegger&Spiess
Language German

CHF 62.00

Bernd Ribbeck

Charisma and Ecstasy

In cooperation with Sabine Schaschl / Museum Haus Konstruktiv.

Bernd Ribbeck (b. Cologne, 1974; lives and works in Berlin) is one of the most promising creators of abstract art today and often described as an exponent of “New Constructivism”. His small-format abstract paintings lend a fascinating depth and aura to shapes such as circles, ellipses, and triangles executed in lush colors. In a time-consuming creative process, Ribbeck works on primed fiberboard panels with acrylic paint and ballpoint and felt-tip pens before coating everything with a layer of white lacquer, much of which he subsequently scratches off. The resulting luminously colorful panels possess a forceful physical presence. The geometric and often symmetrical compositions he builds out of complex layerings of surfaces and lines reflect his engagement with a wide range of modernist aesthetic strategies in the work of artists such as Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, and others associated with the Bauhaus as well as the paintings of Robert Delaunay and Hilma af Klint. Yet despite these references, his work has the distinctive and timeless quality of genuine outsider art. The book, which includes an essay by Oliver Koerner von Gustorf and a conversation between Sabine Schaschl and Bernd Ribbeck, showcases a representative selection of more than 125 works from all periods in the artist’s oeuvre.

Publisher Distanz
Language German/English

CHF 45.00 / member CHF 40.00

Julie Hayward


The artist's book Subliminal provides an in-depth insight into Julie Hayward's extensive artistic work, which includes sculpture, drawing, photography and film. Using drawings as a starting point for her examination of form, Hayward creates biomporphic sculptures. Her three-dimensional work is reduced in colour and oscillates in the field of tension between absence of gravity and solidity, where tying is a recurring motif. The sleek, perfectly executed surfaces do not provide any information about the objects' actual materiality, therefore the haptic experience is limited to the beholder's imagination. Hayward's work alienates any conventional perception of art: The Freudian Unheimliche is combined with subtle humor inherent in Hayward's sculptures. In her photographic work Hayward documents and analyzes the sculptural qualities of found objects. The artist's book comes with an inlay about Julie Hayward's art in public spaces.

With contributions by Katharina Blaas, Katrin Bucher Trantow, Lucas Gehrmann, Thomas Mießgang, Walter Seidl, Margit Zuckriegl and a talk between Sabine Schaschl and Julie Hayward. 

Language German/English

CHF 32.00

Tobias Putrih

Solar LimbRoutine Inspection

Double catalog of the exhibitions “Routine Inspection” at steirischer herbst 2014 as well as “Solar Limb” at Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich. With contributions by Luigi Fassi, Andrei Pop, Sabine Schaschl & Kirsten Swenson

Edited by Sabine Schaschl, Luigi Fassi, Museum Haus Konstruktiv & steirischer herbst

Publisher gurgur edition 2015 / steirischer herbst 2015
Language German English

CHF 30.00

Peter Hächler

First monograph about one of Switzerland’s most renowned sculptors and one of the most radical in terms of formal aesthetics

The publication will appear on the occasion of the exhibition “Peter Hächler - Metamorphosen” at Museum Haus Konstruktiv.

Publisher Scheidegger&Spiess
Language German/English

CHF 49.00

William Kentridge

The Nose

William Kentridge is one of the most highly regarded artists of our time. This publication is devoted to the multimedia cycle of works entitled “The Nose”. Here, the focus is on the video installation “I am not me, the horse is not mine”, which is based on Nikolai Gogol's 1836 surreal short story “The Nose” and has previously been shown, for instance, at the Tate Modern in London, in 2012. 

Publisher Walther König
Language German/English

CHF 190.00

Logical Emotion

Contemporary Art from Japan

In 2014, Japan and Switzerland celebrated the 150th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. On this occasion, the museum Haus Konstruktiv realized, in cooperation with the Japan Foundation, the exhibition project »Logical Emotion – Contemporary Art from Japan«. Based on the constructive-concrete and conceptual heritage of the Zurich Museum, Director Sabine Schaschl and Kenjiro Hosaka from the Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, curated an extensive group exhibition on contemporary Japanese art. Their presentation focused on logic and its supposed counterpart – emotion. The curators used various media as their source: painting, installation, video, photography and architecture, right up to applied art and manga drawings.

Publisher Snoeck
Language German/English

Sale: CHF 25.- instead of 38.-

Quantum of Disorder

Edited by Irène Hediger und Sabine Schaschl

Publisher Christoph Merian
Language German/English

Sale: CHF 20.-

Painting Abstraction

New Elements in Abstract Painting

In recent years, abstract painting has developed a rich complexity that, now more than ever, rewards intensive viewing; this authoritative book written by Bob Nickas guides the reader through the key issues in the field.

Publisher Phaidon
Language English

CHF 49.00

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