Press Releases : 2012/05

dOCUMENTA (13) notebook no 067: `Hannah Ryggen'

Published 2012/05/22

Norsk versjon


Edition no 067 in the notebook series
100 Notes – 100 Thoughts
published by dOCUMENTA (13) and Hatje Cantz

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre Gate 7
0551 Oslo, Norway l

OCA announces the release of the dOCUMENTA (13) notebook, Hannah Ryggen, as authored by OCA’s director Marta Kuzma. Numbered sixty-seven (067) in a series of one hundred notebooks entitled 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, the publication is dedicated to a thought essay around the work, production, and political inclination of the Swedish-Norwegian artist Hannah Ryggen. The notebook includes illustrations of Ryggen’s tapestries, personal notes, a textile dye recipe, letters, and sketches from a workbook belonging to Hannah Jönsson, (Ryggen´s maiden name).

According to the notebook’s author, Ryggen, ‘with a sense of public-mindedness, completed her tapestries around political themes marking a shift away from a general treatment of tapestry as a mere applied art form that conventionally effaced politics to convey with a sense of authenticity, immediacy, and contingency, the unfolding of a precarious socio-political landscape of her time’.

Hannah Ryggen was born in Malmø, Sweden in 1894, but lived most of her life on a small farm in Ørland, Norway, and was married to the Norwegian painter Hans Ryggen. Educated as a teacher, Ryggen studied painting under the Danish painter Fredrik Krebs. A self-taught weaver, she had a solo exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm during 1962 and exhibited in the Venice Biennale in 1964. She died in Trondheim in 1970.

This notebook was made possible with the additional editorial support of Tonja Boos, OCA’s research and programme coordinator. Lenders of images and materials for the notebook include: National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim; The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo; The Hannah Ryggen Archive at the National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim; Hannah Ryggen Archive at Special Collection, NTNU University Library, Trondheim; Hannah Ryggen Archive at Yrjar Heimbygdslag, Ørland.

Hannah Ryggen
Introduction by Marta Kuzma, texts by Hannah Ryggen
Series: dOCUMENTA (13): 100 Notizen - 100 Gedanken No 067
2012. 48 pp., 27 ills.
ISBN 978-3-7757-2916-1
Available in printed and e-book editions from Hatje Cantz

About the 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts notebooks series
As a prelude to the 2012 exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13) and Hatje Cantz are publishing a series of notebooks, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, that is comprised of facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations.
A note is a trace, a word, a drawing that all of a sudden becomes part of thinking, and is transformed into an idea. This publication project follows that path, presenting the mind in a prologue state, in a pre-public arena. A space for intimacy and not yet of criticism, dOCUMENTA (13) is publishing the unpublishable, the voice—and the reader is our alibi and ally. Note taking encompasses witnessing, drawing, writing, and diagrammatic thinking; it is speculative, manifests a preliminary moment, a passage, and acts as a memory aid. 
With contributions by authors from a range of disciplines, such as art, science, philosophy and psychology, anthropology, economic- and political theory, language- and literature studies, as well as poetry, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts constitutes a space of dOCUMENTA (13) to explore how thinking emerges and lies at the heart of re-imagining the world. In its cumulative nature, this publication project is a continuous articulation of the emphasis of dOCUMENTA (13) on the propositional, underlining the flexible mental moves to generate space for the possible. Thoughts, unlike statements, are always variations: this is the spirit in which these notebooks are proposed. 
The notebooks, designed by Leftloft, have been published from March 2011 in three different formats, 16 to 48 pages, in English and German.

Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13)’s Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev together with Agent, Member of Core Group, and Head of Department Chus Martínez, this series is edited by Head of Publications, Bettina Funcke. Among the authors to date include: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Matias Faldbakken, Kenneth Goldsmith, Erkki Kurenniemi, Christoph Menke, Thomas Mann & Theodor W. Adorno, Griselda Pollack,  Suely Roelnik, Ian Wallace, among others.