In a multi-part artist’s book, New York-based Korean artist Kim Sung Hwan adds another dimension to his exhibition “Line Wall,” inspired by the work of the German late Romantic poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Kim’s exhibition at Kunsthall Basel includes video, sound, performance and architecture. The accompanying book has a dual theme, of the metamorphosis of humans and things, language and forms. The first part of the hardcover book features a transcription of Rilke’s 1907 collection New Poems in the original German, on thin sheets of paper and notepads. The second part features Kim’s drawings inspired by Rilke’s 1923 Sonnets to Orpheus, which are then further developed in the book’s third part, which comprises an independent picture story featuring recurring characters.
6 3/8 x 8 5/8 inches / 168 pp / 138 b&w
Retail Price: $39.95
Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland