Welcome to the archiveThe Mogens Otto Nielsen mail art archive contains around 16.000 pieces of mail art from more than 600 artists around the world. At KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg in Denmark, it is my job to sort it out, to categorize it, and to make sense of it, without tearing it apart, making it fit too well, or to make sense where there should have been nonsense. I will keep you posted.
- Andrzej Dudek-Dürer Anna Banana archaeology Artpool Atmosphere Controlled autobiography banknotes Belgium Berlin Bjørn Bennike Bodo Berheide bureaucracy Canada Carsten Schmidt-Olsen Clemente Padin collage Copy-Left Crackerjack Kid Denmark Earth Project Meeting East Germany envelope Finland France Francesc Abad Germany Guy Bleus György Galántai H.R. Fricker Hanneke Clappers heart Henning Mittendorf Henryk Gajewski Hungary Italy Japan Juppitter-Larsen Jürgen O. Olbrich Karla Sachse Keith Bates KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Lon Spiegelman mail art mail art exhibition map mapping matchbook Mogens Otto Nielsen money music nature Netherlands network New York nuclear personal greetings photography Poland Ray Johnson Rea Nikonova Robin Crozier Rod Summers rubberstamp Ruggero Maggi Russia Ruud Janssen Ryosuke Cohen stamps Sweden Switzerland TAM Ted Purves USA Vittore Baroni West Germany
Russian artist Rea Nikonova’s mail art piece with an “architectual” treatment of Nielsen’s letter to her + invitation to send contributions to her Vacuum exhibition including not-arrived letters, empty cases, and people without heads. (note to self: needs a new photo).
- Nielsen’s archive has been moved to a relational database. In the database, all our work describing, scanning, photographing, and tagging are finally structured and connected. As a test, I search “nude”, and this piece from an unknown sender was one of the hits. Our tags were quite … explicit. Send a piece of your nature, 1985-87.
In Mogens Otto Nielsen’s mail art archive, I found this postcard with a picture of the galleries in Kunsten Museum of Modern Art. With a typewriter Nielsen has written “atmosphere controlled” which is the name of his workshop/lab and art business/practise. Years later, the postcard would actually become a part of the museum along with the rest of the archive. The archive is still in the basement, though, but one day the Nielsen archive will ascent to the galleries. When it does, the mail art will be presented in a different fashion than the artworks you see on display here.