In the same file was “The Handsome Johnson Mail Art Grant Token” application form. Applications are accepted from mail artists who “do more than occasional mailing”, “send to exhibitions in good faith”, “insist that all works will be shown, no fee, no jury and a list of participants will be sent”, “knows that if mail art becomes an art market commodity it is no longer mail art”, and so on. There are many rules and regulations in mail art, even a fondness for them. This is one of the paradoxes in mail art: On the one hand are the restrictions and the rules, and on the other hand is the idea that mail art should be open, free and accessible to everybody, that means no copyright, no rules, no commercial use, no fees, and so on.
Welcome to the archiveThe Mogens Otto Nielsen mail art archive contains around 10.000 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