Jutta Koether, Libertine, Museum Abteiberg 2019/2020, photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

On Sunday, July 4, Museum Abteiberg is hosting a special event with Jutta Koether. In conversation with Susanne Titz, she will speak about her latest book Libertine and share insights into the development of her annual artist’s edition.

Koether’s new book is both a documentation and interpretation of her exhibition LIBERTINE, which the artist developed for Museum Abteiberg during the winter of 2019/20. The show was a sweeping, immersive installation featuring Koether’s latest paintings, which ventured deep into the historical fabric of Museum Abteiberg’s collections and institutional history. In response to this exhibition, three insightful art historical essays by Ewa Lajer Burcharth, Jenny Nachtigall, and Nathan Stobaugh were commissioned and are now being released, accompanied by photographic documentation of the project. Jutta Koether collaborated with HIT Studio in Berlin on the publication’s design; the cover unfolds like a leporello to reveal the spatial concept of the exhibition. The two parts of its content bring a wealth of reference images, sketches, and materials together, offering a glimpse into the genesis of Libertine.

Jutta Koether, Libertine, 104 pages, German and English, 73 color illustrations. The book measures 29 x 21 cm and consists of two stapled volumes, bound within a 6-page leporello-style cardboard cover.

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König. Available for purchase at the museum’s reception desk for 25 EUR.

Jutta Koether, Untitled, 2020

Drypoint etching on Zerkall handmade paper, signed, dated, and numbered
Annual edition for the Museumsverein Abteiberg, edition of 24. The offer is also open to new members. For more information, visit www.museumsverein-moenchengladbach.de.

Special thanks to the sponsors of the exhibition, the acquisition, and book: Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia; Foundation for Art, Culture, and Social Affairs of Sparda-Bank West; the Hans Fries Foundation; Museumsverein Abteiberg; the Viehof Collection; and Jürgen Hall.