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Eastern European Phillumeny


The matchbox labels shown in this art catalogue are the product of three Czechoslovakian factories — Smrečina B. Bystrica, Solo Lipník, and Solo Sušice — and were found in an online gallery featuring over 2800 of such ill­ustrations. While the purpose of these rather mundane graphics was mostly public information in the Soviet Union, the act of creating a selection and showing it in an art catalogue implicitly claims that their status is more than just everyday graphics. They should rather be seen as valuable art. The art catalogue consists of two books, a smaller one being placed in a hole burned out of the book block of the bigger one. While the smaller book contains the illustrations as well as additional information about each illust­ration, the big book functions only as a container. Therefore it can be seen as a reference to or even a caricature of the idea of the white cube, being — apart from general information about the art pieces and an imprint — empty inside. This publication was designed and produced together with Andreas Solhøj Hansen and Fabio Mario Rizzotti in a publication design course led by Marion Fink.