la rêveuse matière, a double volume artist
book with a series of etchings by Jürgen Partenheimer and
five texts by Francis Ponge. A
la rêveuse matière was published joining
Partenheimers solo exhibition La robe des choses (The guise of things) at S.M.A.K.
(Ghent) in the summer of 2002. A
la rêveuse matière is available in two editions;
a limited deluxe edition of 24 copies, including seven etchings
(€ 2.400), and a regular edition of 24 copies including
two etchings (€ 900). The etchings were done directly
by the artist at the studio of Henrie Hemelsoet in Ghent.
The poems were translated by Anthony Rudolf (English) and
Piet Meeuse (Dutch). The letterpress text is handset in Bembo
and Gill 18 point and printed by Rein Ergo. The etchings are
printed by Henrie Hemelsoet.
Techniques used include softground etching, hardground etching,
whiteground aquatint, and sugar lift aquatint. The
entire edition is printed on vélin d'Arches 200 g.
Size 28 x 36 cms.Each
book is signed by the artist (frontispice and colophon).
Francis Ponge (1899-1988) is one of the most important poets
of the twentieth century in France. His masterpiece Le
parti pris des choses (1942) was a surprisingly new impulse
for French poetry and many major literary figures were fascinated
by it. His method was to observe things meticulously and describe
them in rational, yet lyrical terms. A la rêveuse matière
was first published in 1963. For this small volume Ponge selected
four pieces (La robe des choses, Le paysage, Les ombelles
and La Terre) and added a short introduction.Anthony
Rudolf, poet and translator, founder of The Menard Press,
Meeuse, writer and translator, lives and works in Amsterdam.When the Ghent Contemporary Art Museum S.M.A.K.
was set up in 1975
it was the first Belgian museum devoted to contemporary art.
It was housed in the Museum of Fine Arts. Jan Hoet was appointed
as director of the new Museum in the very same year. He was
instrumental in systematically extending the collection owned
by the Museum and helping it to earn an enviable international
reputation. In 1988 Jürgen Partenheimer was part of the
group exhibition Signaturen.
The Museum moved into its own building in 1999. Located opposite
the Museum of Fine Arts the Contemporary Arts Museum was given
the new name of SMAK (Municipal Contemporary Art Museum).
The two museums now form an artistic haven in a park located
on the outskirts of Ghent.
of Contemporary Art