Mail art as well as fluxus is a very self-conscious art movement. There is the rubberstamps with proclamations like H.R. Fricker’s “Mail art is not fine art” and “After Mail Art” stamps, and there are various kinds of lists and manifests like these ten commandments from Mogens Otto Nielsen (left picture). These expressions play on ads and political statements, but it is also a way to identify and distinguish mail art from the traditional or mainstream art movements.
Welcome to the archiveThe Mogens Otto Nielsen archive contains around 10.000 pieces of mail art from more than 600 artists around the world. The archive is currently deposited at KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg in Denmark, where 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.
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