From 4 to 9 April 2017, for its second edition in Milan, during the Salone del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair), Offprint Library returns to Atelier Clerici to present over 150 publications questioning design values and stimulating a critical approach to contemporary design practices.
Designed by Berlin-based artist Lukas Wegwerth, Offprint Library Milano is also an open-source design project. Conceived and realized according to the OpenStructure design principle, the library's modular exhibition system is based on a shared and scalable geometrical grid.
Offprint Library is an itinerant and curated library that sells independent publications associated with specific themes and locations. During the Rencontres d’Arles, in 2016, Offprint Library investigated the role and the meaning of Photography, Image Making, and visual digital practices trough a selection of artists, photographers and critics’ publications. In September 2017, inspired by the centenary of three major aesthetic events—the emergence of the De Stijl movement, Marcel Duchamp’s iconic readymade sculpture Fountain, and the Russian October revolution—Offprint Library Amsterdam will examine the year 1917 as it presents its activities at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Offprint operates as a non-profit, sharing the values of the LUMA Foundation, motivated by the ideals of promoting invention and experimentation within the arts, environment, human rights, social engagement and beyond. Finding its full expression in the inter-disciplinary facility currently under construction in Arles, it aims to reconnect the arts with society, putting aside a market imperative for novelty, in favor of art-based projects with broader social concerns.
Offprint at Atelier Clerici combines LUMA Foundation’s interest for independent publishing and the impact of social design as a tool of development for Arles and region, which will give way to a number of ground-breaking projects under the banner of Atelier LUMA.
Publications can be purchased directly at Atelier Clerici during the Salone del Mobile, from 4-9 April 2017.