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Staatstheater Nürnberg


Porte des Allemands BMM Metz / F

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Kunsthaus Nürnberg

25 Jahre Kunstpreis der Nürnberger Nachrichten 2017


Kunstverein Hof

20 Jahre, 20 Künstler

Liverpool Central Library

Shakespeare now!


MCBA Prize 2015 Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Modo Morandi: a portfolio of seven etchings by Dietmar Pfister and seven poems by Franz Mon, senior master of Concrete poetry, combining literature and art through the alliance of both artists.

This artistic project forms a very special relationship between visual and language art. The images of books include concrete poetry, so the literal and pictorial, the spatial and typographical characteristics form one unity.

The etchings / images reference the art of Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) supplemented by book objects taken from the artist’s library. The lyrics were written in response and were placed into the picture areas as a truly singular creative collaboration between artist and poet.

Each etching (20 x 28) is printed in chine-collé on Alt Berlin Bütten (31 x 36) (printer Joschi Josephski, Issing). They are interleaved with Zander transparent paper carrying the lyrics (letterpress by Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg).

The etchings are signed and numbered by the artist. The whole portfolio (38 x 42 x 2) is signed and numbered by both artists. The case (with magnetic closures) and title embossing is hand made by Hilmar Wölfel (Nürnberg). Modo Morandi was most recently presented at Codex V in San Francisco.

Kunstverein Bamberg Villa Dessauer

Schrift in der Kunst

Codex V, San Francisco


Akademie der Künste, Berlin


KunsTTempel Kassel

TINO: SatzZeichnungen

Literaturhaus Berlin

Feyne Liberey II

Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg

Feyne Liberey


MCBA Prize 2013 Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Artist statement:

You see what you see. You see an anagram. In the German language you have to write this word correctly ending with a doubled “m”: AnagraMM.

Since 1983 I’ve worked in the field of book art. Starting with artist’s books I’ve been creating book objects more and more. Book after book I definitely felt allied to literature and art. I got the intent of changing a book from its original form into a different form thereby altering its meaning.

The relationship between visual and language art increasingly acquainted me with word-plays and linguistic science and terms. This way a book becomes sculpture and idea — a word gets new sense and directions There are no pages to be turned but words to be newly thought about. Perhaps you are on the way into the internal space of a book, perhaps you come to your own book this way.

You think what you see — close your eyes and think about it. It could become a new book, your book, because everything in the world happens to end as a book (Stephane Mallarmé), your book.

TU Dortmund

Satz trifft Kunst

Morat - Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Freiburg i.Br.

Modo Morandi


Galerie en promenade, Metz / F

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Galerie Pfaff, Schwarzenbruck


kunsTTempel, Kassel
2. Triennale für Zeitgenöss. Kunst Schweinfurt

anders:wo (B)

25e L´Été du livre, Metz (B)


3rd Sheffield International Artist´s Book Prize (B)
Die Kunst des Sammelns, Kunstvilla Nürnberg (B)


Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek Emden
Forum Konkrete Kunst Erfurt

Ach, du lieber Pegasus

10 Jahre IKPP Rehau (B)


IKKP Rehau
Universitätsbibliothek Bamberg


Landesbibliothek Oldenburg
Kunstverein Hof


DG München St. Egidien Nürnberg
LesArt im Kulturforum Fürth


Städtische Galerie Harderbastei Ingolstadt
Stadtbibliothek Pellerhaus Nürnberg


Städtische Galerie, Orangerie Erlangen


Hess. Landes- u. Hochschulbibliothek im Landesmuseum Darmstadt (B)


Künstlerbücher Landesbibliothek Bern (B)
Künstlerbücher Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg (B)


Künstlerbücher, Rombach-Center, Freiburg (B)
Buchobjekte, Produzentengalerie München (B)
Künstlerbücher II, Produzentengalerie München (B)