Katarzyna Kobro was a progressive avant-garde artist. Under the influence of Constructivism, she postulated the absolute objectivism of form. Her main aim was to build an abstract work of art, based on universal and objective rules discovered through experimentation and analysis. Her sculpture conceptualized infinite space. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the Museum of Art in Łódź in 1930. Despite her remarkable work, she is unfortunately known only to a very few people outside of Poland.
To honour her work and her challenges as a female artist in that period Franziska Brandt & Moritz Grünke developed this bookwork: a package containing a book, a facsimile and a postcard with a sticker on it.
The book shows drawings, images and graphics linked to the biography and work of Katarzyna Kobro. The facsimile is a reprint of the first issue of »Blok« from 1924. »Blok« is an artist group in which Kobro has participated. They published this zine of the same name, which in its form reminds of an early version of the »Whole Earth Catalogue«.
A postcard is attached to the facsimile. It shows the »Moon Museum«, a tile in the size of a fingertip that was smuggled to the moon with the Apollo 12 mission in the late 1960s. It shows works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, John Chamberlain, and Forrest Myers, who also initiated this project. Although these are all prominent artists, we have missed female positions. For this reason, we added a sticker on the postcard, glued on Warhol’s drawing of a penis. The sticker shows two female breasts and can be read as a symbol for all great female artists who received little or no recognition during their lifetime.
KAKO — Enters the moon museum
by Franziska Brandt & Moritz Grünke
book, 44 pages, 19.5 x 14 cm, 8 colour Risography, glue-bound with black glue, a facsimile reprint 4 pages, 20 x 28.5 cm, 1 colour Risography & a postcard in 4 colours offset with a vinyl sticker, the first edition of 150 copies (numbered)