A pocket of powerful stuff: An art historian would call this mail art piece an assemblage, that is two or three dimentional collages made of found objects, but that would not make a good headline. The German artist Friedrich Winnes (1949-2005) apparently made it and/or had it in his pocket. We don’t know, all we know is that the piece was sent from Winnes in East Germany to Mogens Otto Nielsen in Denmark, where it became a part of the Pocket Museum. This is one of many examples of the correspondence between mail artists in East and West (it isn’t the only piece with breasts or banknotes either).
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 Bernd Olbrich Bjørn Bennike Bodo Berheide bureaucracy Canada Carsten Schmidt-Olsen Chuck Welch Clemente Padin collage Copy-Left Crackerjack Kid Denmark East Germany envelope Finland France Francesc Abad Germany Guy Bleus György Galántai H.R. Fricker hair 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 Masao Kanai matchbook Mogens Otto Nielsen money music nature Netherlands network New York nuclear personal greetings photography Poland Ray Johnson Robin Crozier Rod Summers rubberstamp Ruggero Maggi Ruud Janssen Ryosuke Cohen stamps Sweden Switzerland TAM USA Vittore Baroni West Germany