When I started the company, more than 10 years ago, I first conceived of it as a project that would take me five years to build and a lifetime to play with. Writing this, I realize I was both right—the program and the structure took some years to form and offer a viable platform now and for years to come—and wrong, as I’ll be leaving the company at the end of the year. Why I chose to move from art publishing to become a museum director (heading MAMCO, the contemporary art museum in Geneva from January 2016 on), remains a question that I will only be able to answer in a few years: the attraction of a new challenge, the drive to return to curating exhibitions, the perspective of having an entire building in which to crystalize a different contemporary art’s narrative—who knows? What I do know is that it had nothing to do with the publishing activity itself, not even with the angst of digitalization: I have the same pleasure in doing my job as when I started, the same thrill in presentig the following program, the same pride in this season’s offering.
Starting with books stemming from long-term collaborations, such as John Stezaker’s project released with Codax; Resistance Performed (Aesthetic Strategies Under Repressive Regimes in Latin America), the latest in Migros Museum’s anthology series; Year 46, Art Basel's third annual publication; and the new title on graphic design with ECAL; it continues with The Playground Project, published with Kunsthalle Zürich, and Xanti Schawinsky’s first Album publication, a limited-run artist’s book made with the Estate of the Bauhaus artist. New releases in the Documents and Hapax series add to my pleasure to watch this program unfold.
What’s next you might wonder? Well, the company, that I will now watch from the Board level only, is in good hands, placed as it is under the supervision of Lukas Haller and Clément Dirié, supported by a team composed of Rahel Blättler, Eléonor de Pesters, Nicolas Eigenheer, Gilles Gavillet, Selina Grüter, Clare Manchester, Karin Prätorius, Christophe Salaün, Markus Schmutz, and Van Hin Tran, as well as Ringier AG's numerous collaborators, who provide us services and ressources. If JRP|Ringier reached the position it is in now, it’s also thanks to those who have worked here before, often for many years, such as Manuela Altorfer, Benjamin Bollmann, Carmelo Buffoli, Renata Catambas, Julien Gremaud, Aurelia Gressel, Vera Kaspar, Nicolas Leuba, Kathrin Mühlemann, Tobias Rechsteiner, David Rust, Salome Schnetz, Monika Stalder, Birte Theiler, and many designers, editors, translators, copyeditors, and producers, among whom I’d like to thank Irene Aeberli, Walter Abrigo, Dimitri Bruni, Hans Burkhardt, Giovanni Carmine, Vincent Devaud, Christoph Doswald, Xavier Douroux, Alice Franchetti, Alessandro Gabrielli, Noémie Gygax, Raphael Gygax, Vit Havranek, Judith Hayward, Che Huber, Vera Kaspar, Christoph Keller, Manuel Krebs, Armand Mevis, Heike Munder, Susan Pickford, Beatrix Ruf, Catherine Schelbert, Kathy Slade, Fabrice Stroun, Nicolas Trembley, Chi-Long Trieu, Linda Van Deursen, Sigismond de Vajay, Tina Voyat, Lorraine Wild, John C Welchman, and Cornel Windlin. Of course my thanks also goes to our trade partners, sales reps, and retailers—past, present, and future—as well as to the many (too many to list them here) authors and artists with whom we collaborated along those years.
Now I will have the pleasure of reading JRP|Ringier’s books … only once, when they arrive on my desk, finished and ready to be enjoyed!
—Lionel Bovier, Founding Publisher
OCT 31, 2015 – FEB 14, 2016
TONY OURSLER @ LUMA Westbau / POOL etc., Zurich
OCT 09, 2015 – FEB 21, 2016
HENRY MOORE @ Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
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