Faurschou Art Books

Throughout the years, Faurschou Foundation has published a number of books and exhibition catalogues dedicated to the artists with whom we have worked. We believe that art should be accessible to as many people as possible, and this is why we have created a website solely dedicated to the Faurschou Art Books.

Each sub-site presents one art book and gives the viewer a taste of the content from the publication. The sub-sites include central texts and selected parts from the books, however, not all images, texts, and additional material will be available online.

Many of the books were designed as complete packages with special attention paid to details like the binding and the materials used, which is why several of our books are award-nominees and best enjoyed in their physical form.

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Shirin Neshat

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Looking for Oum Kulthum

This book was published by Faurschou Foundation on the occasion of the exhibition Looking for Oum Kulthum, the first exhibition by Shirin Neshat dedicated to her movie Looking for Oum Kulthum.

Looking for Oum Kulthum is Shirin Neshat’s second feature film, which revolves around the Egyptian singer, Oum Kulthum. A film within a film, Looking for Oum Kulthum, is the story of an Iranian woman filmmaker living in exile, depicting her struggle to capture the life and art of the legendary female singer of the Arab world, Oum Kulthum. The movie and the exhibition were shown at Faurschou Copenhagen from March 20 to September 7, 2018.

The book is edited by Cecilia Pedersen, Kristian Eley, and Cila Brosius and contains writer contributions by Jens Faurschou, Cecilia Pedersen and Shirin Neshat. The catalogue features several images from the movie as well as behind the scenes images and historical photographs.

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Robert Rauschenberg

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The Lurid Attack of the Monsters from the Postal News Aug. 1875 (Kabal American Zephyr)

This book was published by Faurschou Foundation and is dedicated solely to the artwork by Robert Rauschenberg: The Lurid Attack of the Monsters from the Postal News Aug. 1875 (Kabal American Zephyr) from 1981.

The Lurid Attack of the Monsters from the Postal News Aug. 1875 (Kabal American Zephyr) (1981) was created as part of a sculpture series Kabal American Zephyr (created between 1981-1988), which was inspired by the macabre work of the nineteenth-century Japanese woodblock printmaker Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.

The book is edited by Kristian Eley and Cecilia Pedersen, and it contains numerous detail and reference images, as well as texts by Jens Faurschou and Roni Feinstein, along with an interview between Hans Ulrich Obrist, Darryl Pottorf, and Robert Rauschenberg.

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Robert Rauschenberg & Andy Warhol

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Late Series &
''Us Silkscreeners...''

This book was published by Faurschou Foundation on the occasion of two exhibitions: Late Series with later silkscreen and print works by Robert Rauschenberg, and “Us Silkscreeners…” which was inspired by a meeting between Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol in 1962 and which contains some of the two artists’ first-ever silkscreen prints.

The exhibitions took place during the 57th Venice Biennale, at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, from May 11 to August 27, 2017.

The book consists of two parts, one for each exhibition. Both are edited by Kristian Eley, Katrine Winther, and Cila Brosius.

Late Series has writer contributions by Jens Faurschou and Philip Tinari.
“Us Silkscreeners…” offers first-hand knowledge and deep insight into the relationship between Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol and their meeting in 1962 that affected both artists and their careers, with texts by Gerrard Malanga, Roni Feinstein, Richard Meyer, Richard Polsky, Barry Blinderman, and Christopher Makos.

Texts are in English and Italian.

The book was nominated for “Årets Bedste Bogarbejde 2018” prize by the Danish Association for Bookcraft (Forening for Boghåndværk) which celebrates the best new publications judged by their function, aesthetics and technical execution.

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Peter Doig

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Cabins and Canoes:
The Unreasonable Silence of the World

This extensive book was published by Faurschou Foundation on the occasion of the exhibition Peter Doig, Cabins and Canoes: The Unreasonable Silence of the World, the first solo exhibition in China dedicated to the esteemed contemporary painter.

Curated by Francis Outred, Cabins and Canoes: The Unreasonable Silence of the World was a tightly-curated selection of the painter’s signature motifs: cabins and canoes. The exhibition featured some of Doig’s most celebrated paintings, including Swamped (1990), The Architect’s Home in the Ravine (1991), and Daytime Astronomy (1997-8).

The catalogue is edited by Kristian Eley, Olivia Leahy, Francis Outred, and Cecilia Pedersen and contains a complete survey of Doig’s series of ‘Cabins’ and ‘Canoes’, as well as texts by Jens Faurschou, Francis Outred, Anna Campbell, and the renowned artist Zeng Fanzhi.

Review by Jackie Wullschlager in Financial Times: “The most beautiful volume on a living artist to come my way in years, this catalogue to a current Beijing exhibition, presenting Doig to new audiences, delves into his life and sources, especially his own archive of reproductions (Hopper, Munch, Monet). An essay by painter Zeng Fanzhi offers intriguing context.” (June 23, 2017)

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Christian Lemmerz & Norbert Tadeusz

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Lemmerz MEAT Tadeusz

This book was published by Faurschou Foundation on the occasion of the exhibition Lemmerz MEAT Tadeusz, which presented works by the two German artists, Christian Lemmerz and Norbert Tadeusz.

The book focuses on the subject of meat in the context of art history, and the major role it played in the works of artists, such as Rembrandt, Chaim Soutine, and Francis Bacon. Following this important tradition, Christian Lemmerz creates large-scale white marble sculptures, fusing beauty and death, whereas Norbert Tadeusz portrays slaughtered animal carcasses and exposed human bodies through colourful paintings.

The book is edited by Kristian Eley, Cecilia Pedersen, and Katrine Winther, and it includes texts by Jens Faurschou, Cecilia Pedersen, Katrine Winther, Carsten Jensen, Maurice Tuchman, Esti Dunow, Marie Nipper, and Beat Wyss.

Texts are in English and Chinese.

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Yoko Ono

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Golden Ladder
A voice of a woman

This book was published by Faurschou Foundation on the occasion of the exhibition Golden Ladders, the first solo exhibition by Yoko Ono in Beijing, which was held from November 15, 2015, to July 3, 2016.

The book is edited by Jon Hendricks, Emma Zhang, Kristian Eley, and Katrine Winther, and contains writer contributions by Jens Faurschou, Jon Hendricks, Emma Zhang, and Yu Hong, several texts by Yoko Ono, as well as images of the exhibition, installation process and the vernissage.

The book includes a poster of the artwork Toilet Thoughts, several postcards of the work Word Pieces, along with a DVD and a transcript of the lecture and performance that Yoko Ono gave at CAFA, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing.

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Liu Xiaodong

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Painting as Shooting
Curated by Jérôme Sans

This book was published by Faurschou Foundation on the occasion of the exhibition Painting as Shooting curated by Jérôme Sans. Painting as Shooting was conceived as an exhibition in three chapters, produced by Faurschou Foundation, in Venice, Beijing, and Copenhagen.

With texts by Jens Faurschou and Jérôme Sans, the book explores Liu Xiaodong’s unique practice, as one of China’s most influential painters, and offers insight into a unique selection of some of the artist’s most important projects from the last decade.

The book is edited by Kristian Eley, Katrine Winther & Maria Grzywacz.

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Ai Weiwei

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Ruptures

This book was published on the occasion of the major exhibition Ruptures by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei organized by and presented at Faurschou Foundation in 2015.

Over the past few years, as the title, Ruptures, indicates, Ai Weiwei’s life and artistic work have been marked by interruptions and upheavals, not least because of his forthright criticism of the Chinese regime, and his subsequent detention in 2011, followed by house arrest.

The book is illustrated with some of Ai Weiwei’s most important works, all of which deal with Chinese history and contemporary society, spanning from physical artworks, social activities, curatorial projects, film, design and architecture.

The book includes texts by Jens Faurschou and Jannie Haagemann. The book is edited by Jannie Haagemann and Janna Lund.

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Louise Bourgeois

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Alone and Together

Alone and Together accompanies two retrospective exhibitions on Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) curated by her personal assistant and friend, Jerry Gorovoy. The exhibitions were organized by and presented at Faurschou Foundation Beijing, 27 October 2012 – 24 March 2013, and Faurschou Foundation Copenhagen, 5 September 2013 – 14 February 2014.

As the title of this publication – taken from Bourgeois’ gouache diptych of the same name – indicates, the artist’s lifelong creative and personal trajectory was determined by the need to, as Gorovoy puts it, “alleviate a core experience of abandonment.” Her works take their point of departure from her most meaningful relationships – parents, children, and partners – and thus focus on abiding themes of birth, childhood, family and motherhood, the rejections of lovers and other abandonments. Produced over seven decades, the works in this publication demonstrate Bourgeois’ broad use of materials and scale: from her hanging aluminum sculptures and “cell” installations to her iconic spider sculptures and series of feathery gouache diptychs on paper.

The book includes texts by Luise and Jens Faurschou, Zhu Qi, and Maya Kóvskayaas. The book is edited by Janna Lund, Wendy Williams, and Maggie Wright.

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Cai Guo-Qiang

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A Clan of Boats

This book was published by Faurschou Foundation on the occasion of the exhibition A Clan of Boats by Cai Guo-Qiang in 2013.

Throughout his career, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (born 1957) has used the motif of the boat to represent the exchange of knowledge across cultures. In his monograph, A Clan of Boats, Guo-Qiang gathers his use of the motif into a single compilation and speaks for the first time about the many works he has created with boats throughout the course of his artistic career.

“I am actually a vessel myself,” he writes in this volume; “I left home a long time ago, the centuries-old harbor city of Quanzhou. I sailed to Shanghai first, and then to Tokyo, New York, and the rest of the world, further and further, shuttling between different ports, different natural sceneries, cultures, and histories.”

The book includes texts by Luise and Jens Faurschou, Jannie Haagemann, an essay by art critic Karen Smith, two interviews (conducted ten years apart) by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, as well as sixty-three shorter Narratives on Boats by Cai Guo-Qiang himself, where Cai recounts his fascination with boats since his youth and describes all boat-related works throughout his artistic journey.

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Robert Rauschenberg

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Mirthday Man

This publication is a tribute to an outstanding artist and an outstanding work of art: Robert Rauschenberg and his painting Mirthday Man from 1997.

The book includes forewords by Luise and Jens Faurschou, as well as a passionate, personal and inspiring text by Mikael Wivel.

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