presentation of the exhibition and launch of the scientific publication
Dirk Dobke (Senior President, Dieter Roth Foundation, Hamburg), Björn Roth (artist, son and collaborator of Dieter Roth), Hansjörg Mayer (artist and publisher, London) Matthew Zucker (publisher and rare book specialist, New York) in conversation with Elena Volpato (Curator of Exhibitions at FLAT; Conservator and Curator at GAM – Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Torino)
A round table discussion entirely dedicated to the work of Dieter Roth, to his books and manuscript diaries which are on view at FLAT in the Dieter Roth. Le Pagine exhibition curated by Elena Volpato. Through a wide and careful selection of books that represent the entire chronological span of the artist’s activity, Dieter Roth. Le Pagine highlights two fundamental themes of his research: copies and autobiographies.
With this in mind, personalities very close to the artist and his work meet at FLAT to explore the themes of the exhibition, reflect on the vitality of Roth’s oeuvre, and on the importance of the book as an essential medium of his work. Elena Volpato discusses with Björn Roth – son and faithful collaborator of Dieter Roth; Hansjörg Mayer – his historic and eclectic publisher; Dirk Dobke – Senior President of the Dieter Roth Foundation, Hamburg, one of the greatest experts in the artist’s work; the publisher and rare book specialist Matthew Zucker.
The conversation is also an opportunity to present the scientific publication that accompanies the exhibition – Elena Volpato (ed.) dieter roth. pages (Torino: FLAT, 2018). The volume presents a critical essay by Elena Volpato, a tribute to Dieter Roth by Lawrence Weiner, contributions by Björn Roth and Pavel Büchler, and collects all the books, copy books, and diaries of the artist with the related images and technical information.