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 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 art Artpool Atmosphere Controlled banknotes Belgium Berlin Bernd Olbrich Bjørn Bennike Bodo Berheide Canada Carsten Schmidt-Olsen Chuck Welch Clemente Padin collage Copy-Left Crackerjack Kid Denmark East Germany envelope Finland France Francesc Abad 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 Leif Eriksson Lon Spiegelman mail art mail art exhibition map mapping Marianne Rønnow 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 Stasi Sweden Switzerland TAM USA Vittore Baroni West Germany