January 26, 2006 - Revolver - REVOLVER has a new owner
January 26, 2006

REVOLVER has a new owner

REVOLVER has a new owner

REVOLVER Archiv für aktuelle Kunst
Fahrgasse 23, D – 60311
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel.: 49 (0)69 44 63 62,
Fax: 49 (0)69 94 41 24 51


After a one year period of transition and restructuring, the Frankfurt based art publishing house REVOLVER Archiv für aktuelle Kunst changed owner and publisher. On January 1st 2006, Christoph Keller, founder and former director has finally withdrawn from the company and handed over to Ann Theobald, who has already carried on the publishing program with a continuous profile and appropriate focus together with long term contributor Katrin Sauerländer as managing editor.

REVOLVER was founded in 1999 as a platform for the mediation of the very young, contemporary art scene, and has published almost 500 titles throughout Christoph Kellers direction. The specific publishing profile is devoted to conceptual artists books, international exhibition catalogues, various writing series on contemporary art, as well as children books by artists, readers, monographies and audio-/video projects.

With a growing number of up to 150 new releases per year, a global distribution network on four continents and numerous collaborations with the most significant exhibition institutions, REVOLVER in the meantime enjoys a worldwide reputation as a cutting-edge-publisher with outstandingly progressive design. Although most of the individual publications have small print runs (between 500 and 4.000 copies), REVOLVER has been able to launch some popular titles, like Hans Ulrich Obrists Do It!, the books from the Peter Piller Archives series and a volume on Adolf Hitlers cultural lectures, edited by Robert Eikmeyer and Christoph Keller.
Furtheron, REVOLVER has won a number of prizes and grants, e.g. The most beautiful German books,The most beautiful Swiss books,Red Dot Award, and Fröbus Art and Design Award.

A lot of accompanying and curatorial activities might show that REVOLVER is much more than just a publishing house: projects like the exhibition space Am Parlamentsplatz, Frankfurt (2002-2004), the residency program Saltuna The Baltic Sea Experience (Bornholm & Rooseum, Malmö), and the long running archive/exhibition series KIOSK (currently exhibited at ICA London) show the broad bandwith of mediation REVOLVER is engaged in. This is also proven by the new location in Frankfurts Fahrgasse (gallery district), where Ann Theobald has established the new REVOLVER headquarters, a former antique shop that not only functions as an office space, but also as a place for exhibitions, presentations, and lectures.

The publishing house is being handed over in a very productive stage, well balanced and in good economic shape.

Keller will retreat from active publsihing and has moved with his family to an old farm in the Lake Constance region (south Germany), from where he will work as a freelance designer and editor.

The rejuvenescence of the publishing team is not merely a question of personalia, but is within its programmatic consequence also supposed to emphasize the original strengths of the REVOLVER project: the mediation of current art, the presentation of the youngest artists generation and the creaiton of contemporary perspectives on modern art, thus keeping the publishing profile as fresh and progressive as it has been in the past five years.

With this, we hope that our books will keep being interesting and inspiring for both our partners and a broad readership, presenting a selection of extraordinary book projects out of the great variety of current art production, providing in-depth information and progressive book design.

Ann Theobald: theobald@revolver-books.de
Katrin Sauerländer: sauerlaender@revolver-books.de

Christoph Keller: ck@naiv.de

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