Thomas Kellner – Monumente

Thomas Kellner – Destroyed monuments

In 2001, the In focus Galerie and the Iserlohn Municipal Gallery published the first monograph on Kellner's architectural deconstructions. The volume shows the first phase of these cubist contact sheets with motifs from London, Lisbon, Berlin, Cologne and Paris. One year after the introduction of the Euro, Thomas Kellner deconstructs all European banknotes that were subsequently shredded in the same way. The images are accompanied by a text by Professor Dr. Gerhard Glüher.

„Thomas Kellner symbolically destroys his objects, but he does not stand and grin maliciously in front of the heap of rubble. Instead he creates something new out of that rubble and asks the oracle what the scattered bones (that is the fragments of his buildings and bank notes) mean for him and for us. His photographs give us something to SEE. At last, one might say, at last it is worth looking closely at this quick photograph, after all, the fragments are all complete.” (excerpt, Gerhard Glüher)

This book, edited by Burkhard Arnold and Rainer Danne, contains works from 1997-2001 and photos of the project Euroshredder from 2000. Pictured are, among others, the Eiffel Tower, the Cologne Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. The book was published to accompany an exhibition at Städtische Galerie Iserlohn and in focus Galerie am Dom, Cologne. The introduction, “Deconstructed Values”, was written by Gerhard Glüher and examines Thomas Kellner’s photographs of international landmarks.

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The special edition of Monumente

Only 30 copies of this first book on Thomas Kellner's architectural tableaux were accompanied by an original print. The book shows the now classic images of architectures in contact sheets from Paris, London Lisbon and Cologne. Professor Dr. Gerhard Glüher provides a meaningful introduction to this work. Since all national currencies disappeared the year before with the introduction of the Euros, Thomas Kellner dissects all European banknotes in the same manner. The 100 D-Mark banknote is symbolic of this time of upheaval.

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Detailed information about the book monuments by Thomas Kellner

Title: Thomas Kellner – Monumente
Editor: Burkhard Arnold (in focus Galerie, Köln), Rainer Danne (städtische Galerie, Iserlohn)
Author: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Glueher
Photographer: Thomas Kellner
Content: 64 pages, 39 plates
Size: 27,2 × 21,2cm, Hardcover
Languages: German, English
Publisher: Verlag Locher
Edition: 1000
ISBN: 3-930054-42-6
Release Date: 2001
Price: 190,– Euros (signed frst edition)
Edition of the special edition: 30+3 pieces
Price of the special edition: 490,– Euros (without mat and frame)


Thank you to Burkhard Arnold, Rainer Danne for publishing this important first book about my monuments in contact sheets. Thank you to Gerhard Glüher for this illuminating essay and to Herbert Locher for printing in Cologne.