Kunstverein Hamburg invites Montez Press in their series "Special Guest"from 2/14 to 5/10 2015.
All Montez publications will be on display and available in a reading area and of course for sale.
Further events will take place during the course of the show.
Lola Montez (1818–1861) was the reason that Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786–1868) instigated a state crisis. The king had fallen desperately in love with the dancer and made her the most famous mistress of the Free State. The Dominican actress María Montez (1912–1951) – the Queen of Technicolor – adopted her name, and the queer American actor Mario Montez (1935–2013) in turn, who played in movies by Jack Smith such as Flaming Creatures (1963) and in early Andy Warhol films, named himself for the actress.
Montez Press takes up this spirit: failing in face of conventions, creating identities, relishing freedom. Since 2012, Anja Dietmann, Christiane Blattmann, James Connick, Than Hussein Clark, and Will Joys have been issuing publications that counter the current modalities of critique, theoretical dogmas and the present-day economy of knowledge. The Hamburg-based publisher has until now produced the edition magazine Der Pfeil and the periodical Salt. Feminism and Contemporary Art, as well a various artist’s books.
The presentation takes place at the foyer of the Kunstverein and is supported by Ministry of Culture of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.