Opening exhibition Ante Timmermans at Be-Part

/ August 20, 2015

Ante Timmermans (1976, BE) is one of the most active figures of the contemporary drawing scene.

During the opening of the exhibition his new book, published by Roma Publications, will be presented.

Ante Timmermans, Drawings (001-806) will soon be available at Idea and bookshops worldwide.

The exhibition at Be-Part will be held until November 1.
In 2016 Ante Timmermans will exhibit solo at GEM Den Haag (NL).

30 August 2015 — 1 November 2015
Be-Part Platform voor Actuele Kunst,

Waregem (BE)

Hellen Van Meene: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits will open on August 29 at Fotomuseum Den Haag.

/ August 20, 2015

 For the last 20 years, Hellen van Meene (1972) has ranked among the world’s top photographers. Her highly distinctive style and timeless, intimate images of young girls on the brink of adulthood have attracted international acclaim. Solo shows and group exhibitions have won her admirers in places as far away as Japan, Korea and the US. The Hague Museum of Photography now presents the first ever major retrospective of her entire oeuvre. 

The monograph Hellen Van Meene - The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits, is published in Dutch by Graphic Matter / Ludion, and is available at bookstores through Idea. The english edition is published by Aperture.


CNN recently did a special on her work, as well as Dazed, This Is Paper and i-D.


Hellen Van Meene: The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits

Fotomuseum Den Haag (NL)
29 August - 29 November2015

You Say Light, I Think Shadow wins Red Dot Award

/ August 20, 2015

You Say Light, I Think Shadow has won the Red Dot Award for 2015.


The Red Dot Design Award is an international product and communication design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. Since 1955, designers and producers can apply for the prizes with the winners being presented in an annual ceremony. The international Red Dot jury has chosen the best entries of the year in Communication Design from a total of 7.451 submissions. The ceremony will take place on November 6 in Berlin.

You Say Light, I Think Shadow, a project by Sandra Praun and Aleksandra Stratimirovic, is published by Art And Theory, and is available at (book)stores worldwide through Idea Books.

Tom Callemin wins Prix Levallois

/ August 6, 2015

Launched in 2008, the Levallois Prize upholds its commitment to support contemporary photography.

Open to all forms of photographic expressions, the international Prize welcomes submissions from young photographers aged under 35. 

Tom Callemin’s work is this summer to be seen at Watou Art Festival (BE) until 30/08 and Emergent in Veurne (BE) until end of September. The Levallois prize includes a two-month long exhibition at the Galerie de L’Escale in Levallois in October-November 2015. Callemin is as well a selected FOAM Talent.


His book, published by Art Paper Editions, is available at specialist bookshops through Idea Books.

Mariken Wessels is getting great reviews all over the press on her new book Taking Off

/ July 29, 2015

Through people she met on a journey through the United States, Mariken Wessels gained access to the studio and the entire archive of Henry, as well as full consent over its use. She started redacting the work and rearranging it, so to form an artist's book, in which the audience will be invited to a journey into Henry’s vision of his wife and muse, and to discover the photographic obsessions of Henry, which through encountering them in the book could become our obsessions too.


Fnack magazine(BE), De Witte Raaf (BE) and Het Parool (NL), as well as 1000 WordsCollector Daily and Vice Germany.


See where to get yours: Mariken Wessels: Taking Off. Henry My Neighbor

Annette Behrens at Nederlands Fotomuseum

/ July 29, 2015

Until August 23 you can still visit the exhibition of Annette Behrens: Looking For Karl, at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam


The discovery of the so-called Höcker Album in September 2007 made headlines all over the world. From the start, visual artist Annette Behrens was intrigued by the unique photo album: it is the first album ever to show the living conditions and leisure activities of Nazis who were posted to Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Owner of the album was SS officer Karl-Friedrich Höcker (1911 – 2000), who worked in Auschwitz as the commandant's aide-de-camp in 1944. The album contains 116 photos from this period showing, among other things, outings by Höcker together with fellow camp personnel and top-ranking officers of the Nazi regime.
Until August 23, the Nederlands Fotomuseum presents Behrens' intensive search for more information surrounding Höcker's identity. In the exhibition Behrens gives the historical visual material with regard to this man a prominent place. Also, the confrontation with her own German background comes to the surface during her research.

Accompanying this exhibition, a book published by FW:Books is available at the museum, and specialist bookshops: Annette Behrens - (In Matter Of) Karl


Annette Behrens
Looking For Karl
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (NL)
30 May - 23 August 2015

Triennale Brugge 2015: When small cities grow bigger...

/ July 29, 2015

Contemporary art and architecture in the historical city of Bruges (BE) from May 20th to October 18th.


Every year, five million tourists visit Bruges. What if they all decided to stay? What if a small, preserved, historic city should suddenly become a megapolis?
This is the premise for the Bruges Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial 2015. Eighteen international artists try to tackle the issues connected with this idea. They created new works that can be viewed on an art trail through the centre of Bruges. With Studio Mumbai, Atelier Bow Wow, Tadashi Kawamata, Michael Wolf and many others.

While in the city, visit a bookshop! They are displaying and selling selected books on the artists/architects.


Triennale Brugge 2015
May 20 - October 18
Bruges, BE


photo ©Sarah Bauwens

Shepard Fairey at CAC Malaga

/ July 28, 2015

The CAC Málaga is presenting the first exhibition on Shepard Fairey in a Spanish museum. 

Shepard Fairey became known in the 1990s when he produced some of his most celebrated works, such as the sticker Andre the Giant Has a Posse (1989), depicting a famous wrestler and which the artist subsequently transformed into the worldwide OBEY GIANT campaign, or the portrait of Obama entitled Hope (2008), which was created to support his candidature for the elections. The present exhibition at the CAC Málaga presents a survey of the artist’s output which ranges from his early work to his most recent.

Your Eyes Here includes more than 300 works by this American artist and offers a survey of 25 years of Fairey’s career, reflecting and exploring the most varied sides of this artist. Accompanying the exhibition CAC Malaga publishes the eponymous catalogue available soon at bookshops worldwide through Idea Books.


Shepard Fairey Your Eyes Here

26 June - 27 September

CAC Malaga, SP

The wonderful Serpentine Pavilion by Selgascano

/ June 25, 2015

In 2015 Serpentine Galleries celebrates the 15th anniversary of the world-renowned Pavilion commission.

Over the past 15 years the Serpentine Pavilion has become an international site for architectural experimentation, presenting inspirational temporary structures by some of the world's greatest architects. A much-anticipated landmark in London each summer, the Pavilion is one of the top-ten most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world.

Spanish architects Selgascano designed the 15th Serpentine Pavilion. The award-winning studio, headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, is the first Spanish architecture practice to be asked to design the temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine’s lawn in London’s Kensington Gardens.

You can find a lot more on their work in the recently published

El Croquis 171: Selgascano 2003-2013


See also





The Guardian

Coming Saturday, May 30: Art Book Sale at Idea Books

/ May 27, 2015

As every year, Idea Books will open its doors to the public, with lots of books on art, architecture, photography and design. Overstocks, samples, slightly damaged books and magazines at very small prices. This year our sale will only be one day, with extended opening times: Saturday May 30 from 10:00 to 18:00. 

We hope to welcome you!

Offprint London at Tate Modern

/ May 19, 2015

Idea Books will be participating in the first Offprint London, at the Tate Modern, with a selection of titles from various publishers.

Among other publishers participating are Roma Publications, Fw: Books, Art Paper Editions, 4478Zine, Occasional Papers, Van Zoetendaal, Valiz and many more.

Join us!


Offprint London

Art Publishing Fair

Tate Modern from 22-25 May 2015

Fri. 18.00-22.00

Sat. 12.00-20.00

Sun/Mon. 12.00-18.00

What Design Can Do conference

/ May 18, 2015

This week Amsterdam will host the 5th edition of What Design Can Do!.
Two days filled with presentations, discussions and workshops on the impact of design on society.
With speakers such as Stefan Sagmeister, Cameron Sinclair, Jonathan Spampinato, Charles Spence, among others, and an exhibition, this year’s edition focuses on themes as Cultural Consciousness, Humanity, Urban Issues and the Senses.


Athenaeum Bookshop wil curate a pop-up (book)store at the event.


What Design Can Do
21 and 22 May 2015
Stadsschouwburg, De Balie and Stedelijk Museum
more info: WhatDesignCanDo

Christien Meindertsma's book launched at matter .of material

/ May 6, 2015

Following a tour through the largest and most energy-efficient waste-to-energy plant in the world, Dutch artist and designer Christien Meindertsma became intrigued with the dark residue leftover by the process of incinerating municipal solid waste.
This project resulted in a book, Bottom Ash Observatory, which will be presented at matter .of material this friday, May 8.


Bottom Ash Observatory will soon be shipping from Idea Books to (book)shops worldwide.


Christien Meindertsma: Bottom Ash Observatory

book launch at matter .of material

Kerkstraat 163
1017 gg Amsterdam

Friday, May 8 2015 at 16:00

Melbourne Art Book Fair

/ April 28, 2015

From the 1st of May till the 3rd the first Melbourne Art Book Fair will take place at the National Gallery of Victoria on 180 St. Kilda Road.  


The 2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair will be the first of a series of annual art book events developed by the NGV. This inaugural fair brings together emerging and established publishers, artists, writers, and designers, and will feature a dynamic program of free talks, forums and performances.


Robyn Ralton will be showcasing the latest books from Idea Books at the Fair. Go and take a look what's new and what will be coming soon.

Extra Extra #4 launch at Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum (Amsterdam)

/ April 14, 2015

On April 23 Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum will host the launch of EXTRA EXTRA #4 with editor-in-chief Samira Ben Laloua, who will be interviewd by Toine Donk, editor-in-chief of DAS MAGAZIN.


Two editors of succesful Dutch independent magazines will talk about the literary aspect of the new issue, what Extra Extra is about and how it is to publish an independent mag in 2015.


This issue offers sweltering stories and images from around the world. Introducing the segment ‘EXTRA EXTRA Musings’ and even more interviews and shorts than before. The contributors scour the streets of Beirut, New York, Bucharest, Brussels, Lisbon, Paris, Madrid, and Mexico City looking to reveal their secrets of erotic mystery.

23 April at 18:30

Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum

Spui, Amsterdam

Server down

/ April 8, 2015

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Sustainable Fashion evening with Kirsi Niinimäki

/ March 27, 2015

Spui25 hosts an evening on Sustainable Fashion in cooperation with Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum and Idea Books.


News about the rapidity, ruthlessness and maleficence of the fashion industry has been widespread. How can we make the fashion industry more sustainable? Finnish researcher Kirsi Niinimäki edited ‘Sustainable fashion, new approaches’, in which she puts forth new tactics to increase sustainability in fashion. She will discuss her ideas with Carlien Helmink (Studio Jux), Linnemore Nefdt (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and Bert van Son (Mud Jeans).


You can sign up for this program for free. More info:

Niinimäki’s book will be for sale before and after this program.

Sustainable Fashion Design: New Approaches
April 02, 2015
20:00 - 21:30
Academisch-cultureel Centrum SPUI25
Spui 25, Amsterdam

ArchDaily features Tyin: Behind The Lines

/ March 4, 2015

Arch Daily features TYIN Tegnestue's book, published by Toto, featuring an interview with Andreas Gjertsen:


Behind the Lines by TYIN Tegnestue


from the article:

Andreas Skeide’s Behind the Lines by TYIN Tegnestue details the lifelong journey of architects Yashar Hanstad and Andreas Gjertsen, following their story from their start as students to their transition into professional architecture. The book looks at the logic behind the formation of TYIN Architects and eleven of the resultant projects, highlighting both the successes and the failures along the way. 


Behind the Lines by TYIN Tegnestue is available at bookshops worldwide through Idea Books.

The Most Beautiful Books from all over the world prize

/ March 3, 2015

The exhibition "Best Book Design from all over the World" takes place during the spring Leipzig Book Fair.
Unique of its kind in the world, the annual book design competition “Best Books from all over the World” has been held in Leipzig since 1963.

An independent international jury convenes every year in February in Leipzig with the task of selecting fourteen outstandingly designed books from about 700 of the best books from more than 30 countries: the best of the best. 14 awards are placed at the jury’s disposal whereof the “Goldene Letter” is the highest one, followed by one gold medal, two silver medals, five bronze medals and five honorary appreciations. The award ceremony and reception takes place at the Leipzig Book Fair on March at the exhibition booth of the Stiftung Buchkunst.


In 2015, among others, the highest prizes are:


Goldene Letter
Paul Elliman: Untitled (September Magazine)
Roma Publications/ Vanity Press


Silver Medal
Awoiska van der Molen. Sequester


Bronze Medal
Bruno van den Elshout: New Horizons
The Eriskay Connection


Sturm & Drang

/ February 20, 2015

We are pleased to annouce that Idea Books starts with the distribution of a new photography publisher from Switzerland, Sturm & Drang.

Sturm & Drang produces beautifully designed books from young photographers, but also reprints from long sold out, intimate books by well known photographers like René Groebli.

The Wall Street Journal published a review on the young Chinese/Dutch photographer Xiaoxiao Xu and the series she made with her Hasselblad in China from 2009 to 2013. These series are published in 'The Way to the Golden Mountain', now in stock at Idea. 

CNN features Marie Baronnet's Legends

/ February 16, 2015

from CNN's article Burlesque Legends Still Got It

"Baronnet became interested in burlesque during a trip to Las Vegas in 2011, where she met legendary dancer Dixie Evans. Through the contacts she made there, she reached out to former burlesque dancers across the country and asked if she could come to their homes and photograph them.

They might be over 65, but these former burlesque dancers haven't lost the charisma that made them so desirable in their heyday "


Marie Baronnet is a French photographer based in Los Angeles.

This project took the form of a book Legends: The Living Art Of Risque, published by Andre Frere. This title is available at bookshops worldwide through Idea Books.

Signing sessions at Le Bal

/ February 11, 2015

Thursday the 19th of February at 19h, the Belgian photographers Geert Goiris and Jan Kempenaers will be signing their books published by ROMA Publications at Le Bal in Paris.

Geert Goiris will be signing his major title 'Lying Awake' and the probably very last copies of 'Proliferation' . And Jan Kempenaers, especially well known for his book Spomenik, will sign two of his latest titles, 'Picturesque'  and 'I'm not Tailgating, I'm Drafting'. 

Paul Kooiker exhibition opening and new book launch

/ January 26, 2015

Invisible forces that determine what happens next
Paul Kooiker
Emma van der Put
Rinus Van de Velde

29 January - 28 February, 2015


Opening with launch of Paul Kooiker: Nude Animal Cigar, designed by Jurgen Maelfeyt, published by Art Paper Editions.

Thursday 29 Januari

17.00 - 20.00

Bloemgracht 57, Amsterdam


The eponymous exhibition Paul Kooiker: Nude Animal Cigar took place at Fotomuseum Den Haag between 18-Oct 2014 and 18-Jan-2015.
The book will be available from this week.

Stack Live event: Works That Work at Athenaeum Bookshop (Amsterdam).

/ January 26, 2015

Stack Magazines will host an event at Athenaeum Bookshop featuring Works That Work and a talk with Peter Bil’ak, the founder and editor of WTW. During this event Peter will talk about how the magazine is made, where the stories come from, how they evolve over time and where do the plan to go next.


Works That Work is available through Idea Books and bookshops worldwide.


Thursday 29 January
Athenaeum Bookshop
Spui 14/16 Amsterdam

How We Work: New Dutch Design at Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch

/ January 22, 2015

Between 25 January and 26 May, the Stedelijk Museum  ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL) will present the exhibition How We Work.

Guest curator Tatjana Quax and the museum selected one object by each of fourteen designers to show the process and story of how and why it was made. Fourteen very diverse products will be presented to offer insight into how designers work and think.

How We work will feature work from Studio Formafantasma, Christien Meindertsma, Scholten & Baijings, Joris Laarman, Chris Kabel, Atelier NL
and others.

The book How We Work (by photographer Inga Powilleit and Tatjana Quax) is available through Idea Books and bookshops worldwide.

How We Work: New Dutch Design
25 January - 26 May 2015
Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch
De Mortel 4
5211 HV ’s-Hertogenbosch

The Netherlands

photography: Inga Powilleit

Adrian Henri at ICA London

/ January 22, 2015

The ICA London will host from January 27 to March 15 the exhibition First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s. This exhibition offers a focussed look at Adrian Henri’s pioneering role in the ‘happenings movement’ in Britain, setting up the first ‘Event’ in 1962, through to enabling various collaborative events into the 1970s.

A series of events around the exhibition and the newly published Adrian Henri Total Art (Occasional Papers) will take place on 27 January and 28 February:

Curator’s Talk: Adrian Henri by Catherine Marcangeli
Paris-based art historian Catherine Marcangeli does a gallery tour of First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70sf. Her talk will deal with Henri's collage and performance work of the 1960s and 1970s.
27 Jan 2015
6:30 pm

Adrian Henri: Performance, Environments and Happenings
On the occasion of exhibition First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s, this panel explores Adrian Henri's work in poetry, music and art. Envisaging his embrace of Total Art as a template for interdisciplinary art practice, panellist re-evaluate Henri's work and his broader significance beyond the labels of ‘Liverpool Poet’ and ‘Pop painter’.
28 Feb 2015
2:00 pm


First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ‘60s and '70s
27 Jan 2015 – 15 Mar 2015
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall

Ilka and Andreas Ruby at Stroom Den Haag

/ January 15, 2015

On Wednesday January 21, Stroom Den Haag will host a talk by Ilka and Andreas Ruby entitled 'Architecture for you and me!'


Ilka and Andreas Ruby write essays, design books, teach, consult and curate exhibitions in order to create opportunities for people to discover what architecture means in their life. Trained as architects and architecture historians they are the founding partners of Textbild, an agency of architectural communication and Ruby Press. Ruby Press publishes books on architecture, art, and other cultural practices engaged in the production of space in contemporary society.

The books of Ruby Press are distributed by Idea Books internationally and will be available at Stroom.

Stroom Den Haag /The Knight's Move is a series of lectures by eminent international speakers who stand out by their unusual, enlightening and inspirational visions concerning the city, urbanity, the public domain, and community.

Wednesday 21 January 2015, 20:00
Stroom: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
For reservations and more information:

Stedelijk Book Fair: January 17 and 18

/ January 12, 2015

In the weekend of January 17 and 18 the first book fair of the new year will take place at the Stedelijk, with a special selection of art books from the exhibition On The Move: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design. The whole weekend the largest exhibition area in the Stedelijk Museum will be filled with publishers presenting their most recent publications.


Idea Books will be present at the fair, in cooperation with San Serriffe.
On Sunday, January 18, a supplementary program will take place in the book fair, the exhibition On The Move, and the Teijin Auditorium. For more info:


stedelijk|book fair 2015
January 17 Saturday 12:00 - 18:00
January 18 Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Lower Level ABN AMRO Galleries

Ulay: book presentation, performance and screening at the Stedelijk Museum

/ January 7, 2015

The Public Program of the Stedelijk Museum will feature a series of events around Ulay’s recent work and practice, including the new performance A Skeleton in the Closet on January 15, a book launch and public interview with Amelia Jones on January 9, and a screening of the documentary Project Cancer (2013) on January 10.


For the official Amsterdam launch of Whispers: Ulay on Ulay, renowned art historian and performance scholar Amelia Jones will present a keynote lecture on the changing position of performance art. Maria Rus Bojan, curator and co-author of Whispers: Ulay on Ulay with Alessandro Cassin, will then introduce the publication and its research premises. The afternoon concludes with a conversation between Ulay and Amelia Jones, focusing more on his contemporary work. Ulay is also available for a book signing.


Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Book launch and lecture: 9 January 2015, 16:00 - 17:45

Film screening Project Cancer: 10 January, 13:00 - 17:00 

Performance A Skeleton in the Closet: 15 January, 20:00 - 20:30

Erik Hijweege - Endangered

/ December 19, 2014

The Red List of endangered species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), now existing for 50 years, inspired Erik Hijweege to make photographs of animals from this list. The results can be seen at the Natuur Historisch Museum in Rotterdam and in his recently published book Endangered. The Dutch press reviewed both the exhibition and book extensively and enthousiastically, as can be seen and read in National Geographic, de Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, and Focus. But the mystery of how he got the animals in the ice-blocks is not revealed.

NL Architects book presentation at Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam

/ December 17, 2014

On December 19 The Frozen Fountain will present the new book published by Damdi on the work of NL Architects: DD 41 NL Architects: Mash Up!

For the occasion Cityscapes Gallery will present some of NL Architects' recent work out of the series BIM is Beautiful. A signed edition DD 41 NL Architects + BIM is Beautiful drawing will be available.


Frozen Fountain

Prinsengracht 645, Amsterdam

December 19, 17:00 - 19:00

Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant publishes an item on photo books

/ December 3, 2014

Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant publishes today a special on the prolific photobook publishing scene in The Netherlands.


From the article: " My experience so far tells me that the focus on photo books will become more and more intense. The medium book is the summum of photography. In a time where photos are created and viewed mainly on a digital format, is the appearance of the book the first magical moment where the image becomes tangible." (Teun van der Heyden, photobook designer)


Among other titles we distribute, are on De Volkskrant's article: Rob Philip: Realm, Erik van der Weijde: Home is Where The Dog Is, Jos Jansen: Seeds, Otto Snoek: Ukrainian Crossroads, Awoiska van Der Molen: Sequester, Stephen Keppel: Entree Entree, Petra Stavast: Ramya, Diana Scherer: Maedchen and Reinout van den Bergh: The Miners From Beringen.

Time picks the best photobooks of 2014

/ December 1, 2014

Tiergarten by Johannes Schwartz and Rafal Milach's The Winners are on the list of TIME's "27 photobooks that defined 2014".


from Time’s Lightbox:
“In 2014, photo book collecting continued to thrive with even more photographers than ever breaking traditional formats and leveling the hierarchy of traditional publishing platforms by taking on all aspects of controlling and presenting their own work via self publishing.
(…)In this gallery, we spotlight the best photobooks of the past year as chosen by photographers and photography experts from around the world and, of course, by our photo editors at TIME. This is not a comprehensive list. Instead, these are personal choices made with the agonizing rule of selecting just one photobook for 2014 in its entirety.”


The Winners by Rafal Milach, published by GOST, was selected by Alexander Ho, Digital Art Director, TIME.
Tiergarten by Johannes Schwartz, Published by Roma, was selected by David Strettell, founder and owner of Dashwood Books. 


Also on the list: Takashi Homma New Documentary (2011) and Lisa Kereszi: The More I Learn About Women, published by J&L. These four titles available at bookstores (and) through Idea Books.

Modern Times: an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum

/ December 1, 2014

Running from 1 November 2014 – 11 January 2015, 'Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century' will be the Rijksmuseum’s first ever photography exhibition to showcase the outstanding collection of 20,000 20th-century works that it has amassed since deciding in 1994 to extend its photographic holdings beyond the 19th century. In a display of more than 400 images, the exhibition will trace photography’s key developments during the 20th century, including the introduction of colour, the growth of documentary and news photography, and photography as a pure art form. A wide-ranging overview, it will also explore photography’s role in fashion and advertising and will feature some amateur works.


The exhibition catalogue Modern Times: Photography in the 20th Century, presents an overview of twentieth century photography in all its facets, from pure documentary to autonomous art.


Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

November 1 2014 - January 11 2015

Coming Thursday at San Serriffe: Tiergarten by Johannes Schwartz

/ November 19, 2014

Tiergarten, published by Roma Publications in a limited edition of 250 copies, is part of the exhibition On The Move, an exhibition on the relationship between photography and graphic design.

Tiergarten is an artist book with photographs of mainly animal food in Moscow's city zoo, intuitively color printed in risograph by Johannes Schwartz. When it came to printing the images, Schwartz experimented by changing the dithering settings and applying an unorthodox use of colors, which generated surprising color palettes. In effect, Schwartz used the machine as a painting tool, allowing chance to define the outcome and exploiting the unusual results to the full. Designed by Experimental Jetset.


at San Serriffe, Amsterdam

20 November 2014

19:30 - 21:30

This week: we will be present at Offprint Paris

/ November 10, 2014

Offprint Paris is an art-publishing fair featuring discerning publishers on art, photography, design and experimental music labels. This year’s edition showcases more than 130 publishers from over 20 countries, the exhibition ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’, talks and signings.

Idea Books will be present, representing publishers such as Eriskay, Art & Theory, Ivorypress, Lecturis, Occasional Papers, Peperoni, and others.


Join us for special signing sessions:

Friday November 14 at 17:00 Chloe Dewe Mathews will be signing her book 'Shot at Dawn'
published by Ivorypress

Saturday November 15 at 17:00 Thomas Vanden Driessche will be signing his book 'How to
Become a Photographer in Four Lessons', published by André Frère Éditions

This year, Offprint’s publishers selection has been curated by Yannick Bouillis, Charlotte Cheetham and Maxime Guitton.


Beaux-Arts de Paris,

14 – 16 November 2014:
Friday: 1pm – 9 pm
Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 7pm

14 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Le Bal Paris presents Dirk Braeckman until January

/ November 6, 2014

LE BAL presents the first major exhibition in France of Dirk Braeckman, a foremost figure in contemporary Flemish photography.

At first view, Dirk Braeckman makes photographs in the simplest possible way: he doesn't go in search of remarkable subjects or extraordinary places but photographs whatever happens to be there, using a 35mm camera, often from a frontal perspective and at eye level. Yet his images, which have little narrative content or story-telling value, are never a direct representation of reality.


The book Dirk Braeckman, published by Roma in 2011, is available at the exhibition venue and through Idea Books.


from November 7 to January 4 2015
at LeBal, Paris

Tonight at San Serriffe: a talk by Helen Ku and Lim Kyung Yong

/ November 5, 2014

Helen Ku and Lim Kyung Yong form the publishing house Mediabus based in Seoul, South-Korea. Under this flag they organize exhibitions, publish books, work on editorial projects and run the book shop The Book Society.


At San Serriffe, they will give an informal talk about the Korean publishing scene, the activities of The Book Society and their new project ‘A—Z’, which they are developing for the 2015 edition of the graphic design biennial Typojanchi. A—Z is a newsletter project that regards the city as an archive of typography, and features contributions by Hans Gremmen and Sandra Kassenaar & Bart de Baets, among many others.


Wednesday November 5

20:00 - 21:30

at San Serriffe, Amsterdam

Interview with Erik van der Weijde

/ October 28, 2014

Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum did an interview with Dutch photographer and publisher Erik van der Weijde on the occasion of the publication of the second issue of his magazine Subway. Here you can read his ideas behind the magazine, how he started out publishing and why he prefers print over digital. Both, issue 1 and 2, are in stock at Idea.

Paul Kooiker Nude Animal Cigar

/ October 20, 2014

Until January 18, 2015 you can still visit the exhibition Paul Kooiker: Nude Animal Cigar at Fotomuseum Den Haag:


"Paul Kooiker is among the most interesting conceptual photographers currently working in the Netherlands. Although his work consists entirely of photographic images, he is not so much a photographer as a sculptor and installation artist. His fascination with intriguing themes like voyeurism, innocence and clichés leads him to construct fictive collections of images that are of extremely uncertain origin, subject and significance. In his latest installation, Nude Animal Cigar, created at the invitation of the Hague Museum of Photography, Kooiker looks back over his twenty-year career in the visual arts. The result is a bewildering array of two hundred photographic works, in which images of nudes and of animals are interspersed with close-ups of the countless cigars he has smoked in his studio over the years." (© Fotomuseum Den Haag)


Art Paper Editions will publish an eponymous book in the beginning og 2015, Paul Kooiker: Nude Animal Cigar featuring work from this exhibition.


Paul Kooiker: Nude Animal Cigar 

Fotomuseum Den Haag

Now until 18/01/2015

Robert Zandvliet at De Pont

/ October 16, 2014

For the first time, Robert Zandvliet is showing a lesser known side of his work: a selection from hundreds of drawings and sketches made in preparation for series or single canvases. The works on paper show the course of Zandvliet's development since the 1990s: a search for pure form and clear compositional solutions. In that respect the exhibition can be regarded as a retrospective.


Robert Zandvliet
Stones & Sketches
drawings and paintings
30 August 2014 - 4 January 2015

De Pont Museum, Tilburg (NL)


The catalogue, Robert Zandvliet - Stones And Sketches, is published by Roma Publications and to be found at bookshops worldwide.

The Future Of Fashion is Now: exhibition at Boijmans Museum

/ October 16, 2014

This exhibition shows work by more than fifty international designers, from renowned fashion houses to young up-and-coming talent. 

The latest generation of fashion designers takes a critical view of the current fashion system. They are coming up with innovative solutions and fresh designs at the cutting edge of fashion and art. Sustainability, futuristic technologies and the social value of clothes are themes with which these designers address the fashion of the future.

‘The Future of Fashion is Now’ - with clothes and accessories, videos and installations - can be visited at Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam until January 18, 2015.


The working process of these commissions is on view on the new online platform


Accompanying the exhibition the catalogue The Future Of Fashion Is Now is available in English and Dutch through Idea Books at bookshops wordwide.

Launch of Marie-Jose Jongerius' book at Fotodok

/ October 16, 2014

Fotodok in Utrecht will host a mini conference on Sunday October 19. This mini-conference is a part of the launch of The Edges of the Experiment by photographer Marie-Jose Jongerius and designer Hans Gremmen. The book explores the malleability of the American landscape and the important role water management plays in it. With Jongerius and Gremmen and guests, preceded by a reading from Canadian photographer Benoit Aquin.

The exhibition Power of Water presents work by Kael Alford (USA), Benoit Aquin (CAN), Edward Burtynsky (CAN), Elspeth Diederix (NL), Anne Geene (NL), Marie-José Jongerius (NL), Carl de Keyzer (BE), Disputed Waters (o.a. Johannes Abeling en Ronald de Hommel), Jan Rosseel (BE), Niels Stomps (NL) en Brian Voermans (NL).

The book Edges of the Experiment, published by Fw: will soon be available and shipping

Fotodok Space For Documentary Photography

Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht (NL)

Sunday 19 October

Roma Publications exhibition in Rome

/ October 14, 2014

Between October 10 and December 13 the Fondazione Giuliani is showing 16 years of Roma Publications.


Roma Publications is an independent art publisher, founded in 1998 by artist Mark Manders and graphic designer Roger Willems.

The exhibition will present 230 books featuring the work of a.o. Gwenneth Boelens, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Marlene Dumas, Geert Goiris, Kees Goudzwaard, Sara van der Heide, Arnoud Holleman, Rob Johannesma, Jan Kempenaers, Irene Kopelman, Bart Lodewijks, Mark Manders, Marc Nagtzaam, Oksana Pasaiko, Petra Stavast, Batia Suter, Raymond Taudin Chabot and Wouter van Riessen.

Roma Publications 1998-2014

from October 11 to December 13, 2014

Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (IT)

See Roma titles here


NR: the image shows an installation view at Research Centre for Artists' Publications, Weserburg, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, 2012

Sigurdur Gudmundsson at the Stedelijk

/ October 1, 2014

Dancing Horizon: The Photo Works of Sigurdur Gudmundsson will be presented coming saturday at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.


During this afternoon, curator and editor of the book Kristín Dagmar Jóhannesdóttir will provide an introduction to the publication, followed by a short lecture by the artist himself.


Dancing Horizon: The Photo Works of Sigurdur Gudmundsson 1970 – 1982 is a comprehensive collection of the photographic work of Sigurdur Gudmundsson (b. 1942), made during a period in which he focused mainly on that medium. Over eighty artworks are featured here along with previously unpublished studies and works that have seldom been exhibited or reprinted in books.

Published by Crymogea and soon available at Idea Books.


Dancing Horizon book launch
Saturday October 4
16:00 - 17:00
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

(more information: )

Awoiska van der Molen

/ September 30, 2014

The beautiful, first photobook of Awoiska van der Molen, 'Sequester', received a very enthousiastic review in the Guardian, and is shortlisted for the 2014 Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards in the category first photobook. We will be receiving stock in our warehouse in Amsterdam this week.

We will be at Unseen Book Market

/ September 11, 2014

The Unseen Book Market returns to Unseen Amsterdam 2014 to provide a platform for publishers of photo-related publications from around the world.

With the participation of more than 60 publishers, the Unseen Book Market celebrates beautiful books and their creators, and provides a meeting place for bookmakers and book lovers. 

We will be showing some new (photo) books from various publishers, in cooperation with PhotoQ Bookshop.


The Unseen Book Market will be open at the following times during the fair:

Thursday 18 September: 12.00 - 20.00

Friday 19 September: 12.00 - 22.00

Saturday 20 September: 11.00 - 20.00

Sunday 21 September: 11.00 - 17.00 


Location: Unseen Market Hall

Entrance: Open to the public

David Senior at the Tokyo Art Book Fair

/ September 10, 2014

David Senior is giving a keynote lecture at the Tokyo Art Book Fair on September 20.

David Senior is a bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York. His selection of the huge collection of printed ephemera connected to exhibitions turned into a book published by Occasional Papers:

Please Come To The Show will be available at the fair and is to be found at bookshops worldwide.

at the Tokyo Art Book Fair: September 20 - 18:00


BredaPhoto 2014

/ September 10, 2014

Songs from the Heart

With this theme, BredaPhoto 2014 dives into 21st-century Romanticism. During BredaPhoto 2014 you can see the works of 54 photographers and there are dozens of lectures, book presentations and activities for all ages.

We will be distributing the catalogue of the festival as well, published by Eriskay Connection:

Breda Photo: Songs From The Heart catalogue


We underline these book events at the Stadsgalerij Breda:

20th of September

13:30   Book presentation Late Spring by Debby Huysmans 
14:30   Book presentation Tom Callemin , both of Art Paper Editions.

4th of October

15:30hr Book presentation The House by Karin Borghouts

10th of October

20:00    The evening of the photo book, i.c.w. the independent publishers The Eriskay Connection (NL) and Art Paper Editions (BE)


BredaPhoto 2014: Songs From the Heart
11 sep - 26 okt 2014, Breda (NL)

City Of Darkness Revisited book launch

/ August 28, 2014

After two years of dedicated research and discussion, the complete story of Kowloon Walled City is now ready to be told in unrivalled detail. Join Watermark Publications to celebrate the publication of this all-new edition documenting the birth, the life and the demise of the remarkable community that was Kowloon Walled City. Meet the book’s authors, Ian Lambot and Greg Girard, and enjoy an exhibition of photographs of the Walled City in its heyday. 

City Of Darkness Revisited will soon be shipping from Idea to bookstores worldwide.

The presentation will take place in Hong Kong: 
The Space
210 Hollywood Road Sheung Wan 
Friday September 5, from 7-10 pm

Danila Tkachenko's Escape wins Word Press Photo's Staged Stories contest

/ August 27, 2014

Danila Tkachenko's new book Escape has gotten the attention of photography blogs everywhere. His series has won the 1st prize "Staged Portraits Stories" contest of World Press Photo 2014

"Escape" portraits Russian and Ukrainian people who have opted to withdraw from conventional society and live as hermits in isolated natural surrounds.

Danila Tkachenko was born in 1989 in Moscow, Russia. 

Read the features in LensCulture, Feature Shoot, Darwin Magazine, and others.

Escape is available worldwide at bookstores and from Idea Books:

Danila Tkachenko - Escape 

Petra Stavast book launch at the Stedelijk Museum

/ August 26, 2014

The exhibition On the Move focuses on recent developments in photography and reveals the myriad ways in which artists and photographers build their narratives in dialogue with graphic designers. The title On the Move refers to the journeys taken by many of the photographers in creating their projects, as well as the new directions in photography. It features the work of a.o. Elspeth Diederix, Samira Ben Laloua, Sara Blokland, Anaïs Lopez, Elisabeth Tonnard, Nadine Stijns, Hans van der Meer and Petra Stavast.
The exhibition will run between 29 Aug 2014 - 18 Jan 2015


Petra Stavast Ramya

Petra Stavast has brought enormous care and devotion to documenting the life of her former landlady, Ramya. When the photographer moved into Ramya's home in 2001, the camera became their means of communication. The result is a series of quiet, intimate photographs of the house and its inhabitant. Following Ramya's death in 2012, the project gained a new dimension. 

See more about Ramya, and where to get it: Petra Stavast Ramya, Fw:Books

The book launch will take place on August 28, at 20:00
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Roni Horn in Spain

/ August 14, 2014

Until the end of September you can still visit the exhibition

Roni Horn. Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake
at Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona. 

The show has been conceived by the artist herself, and explores the different media and approaches that she has used over the past twenty years. It covers the major themes and formats that make up her work: sculptural installations, photographic series, working drawings, and a floor piece entitled Rings of Lispector (Água Viva) that combines drawing and literary quotes. The title Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake is taken from Fernando Pessoa’s Livro do desassossego, published in 1935.

The catalogue, published by Turner, will soon be shipping from Idea Books: 

Roni Horn. Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake

From 20 June to 28 September 2014 at Fundació Joan Miró, and from 13 November 2014 to 1 March 2015 at CaixaForum Madrid.

Shot At Dawn Chloe Dewe Mathews's work in the British press

/ August 7, 2014

Chloe Dewe Mathews - Shot At Dawn

is a new body of work by the photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews that focuses on the sites at which British, French and Belgian troops were executed for cowardice and desertion between 1914 and 1918.

During the first world war hundreds of soldiers, many of them teenage volunteers, were shot by firing squad for cowardice or desertion. Chloe Dewe Mathews's photographs of the mostly forgotten sites of their execution provide a poignant memorial of their tragic fate. (from TheGuardian)


The Guardian has an extensive article on Chloe Dewe Mathews's project and the book, just published by Ivory Press. 

Shot At Dawn has been featured in (among others) Time, The Observer, BBC History Magazine and a five-page feature at Harpers Magazine.

Commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford as part of 191418 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, these photos will be part of an exhibition at

Tate Gallery 

Conflict, Time, Photography

26 November 201415 March 2015


and in Edinburgh's Stills / Scotland's Centre for Photography from 8 November 201425 January 2015

The project has been documented on the website:


The book will soon be shipping from Idea Books to bookshops around the world.

City Of Darkness Revisited

/ July 17, 2014

Twenty-five years ago Greg Girard and Ian Lambot spent four years exploring the notorious Walled City of Kowloon (Hong Kong), before its final clearance in 1992. Those photographs were gathered in a book originally published in 1993: “City of Darkness Life in Kowloon Walled City”, which remained in print for almost 20 years, an extraordinary record for book of this kind. Idea Books has been proudly involved in the distribution of this wonderful book throughout these years.
In 2013 the authors decided for a 3rd reprint, but this time they felt the need to produce an all new edition bringing the story of Kowloon up to date: interest in The Walled City remains, and this new revised edition will be available again by end of the summer, partly with the help of Kickstarter.


See more about the project:


ArchDaily has a piece on it, as well as many other blogs, and The Washington Post did a fascinating interactive feature on the city: Kowloon Walled City

A series of talks and exhibitions are being prepared, both in Asia, Europe and the US. 

Keep tuned to see where you can buy the book in your area:

City Of Darkness Revisited

Johan van der Keuken: Paris Mortel Retouché wins Prix du Livre Historique 2014 at Arles

/ July 16, 2014

Every summer since 1970, over the course of more than sixty exhibitions at various of the city’s sites, the Rencontres d’Arles has been a major influence in disseminating the best of world photography.

Each year Arles atributes 3 important awards: the Discovery Award, the Author’s Book Award and the History Book Award. In 2014 the History Book Award was given to Paris Mortel Retouché, published by Willem van Zoetendaal.


Rencontres d'Arles


The book documents the creation process that resulted in the publication of Paris Mortel by Johan van der Keuken (1938-2001) in 1963. It contains a selection of photographs from Van der Keuken’s Paris period (1956-1958) that have never been published before.


Johan van der Keuken: Paris Mortel Retouché is available at bookshops throughout the world and at Idea Books.


Takayo Kiyota featured by the BBC

/ July 15, 2014

Based in Tokyo, Takayo Kiyota is a self-proclaimed illustrator and makizushi artist who goes by the name Tama-chan.

BBC news shows a small feature on her work: 


The art of sushi: Takayo Kiyota

Making sushi is often thought of as an art form but for Takayo Kiyota it actually is.

The Japanese artist has created more than 200 different designs, with rice and seaweed as her canvas.

Her works include sushi recreations of famous paintings and rolls which reveal a different picture with each slice.

Now she is teaching workshops to pass on her skills.


Her book, Smiling Sushi Roll, is published by Little More and available at your favourite bookshop and Idea Books:

Smiling Sushi Roll


Check as well the eponymous cute website Smiling Sushi Roll.

Koenraad Dedobbeleer new book lauch

/ July 10, 2014

Today, the new book of Koenraad Dedobbeleer, published by Roma, will be launched in Amsterdam:

Koenraad Dedobbeleer Compensating Transient Pleasurable Excitations

San Serriffe Bookshop will host the book launch and a talk by Koenraad Dedobbeleer at 8 pm.


This artist book was published in conjunction with the exhibitions:
'The Desperate, Furiously Positive Striving of People Who Refuse to Be Dismissed' held at Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, from April 4 till May 25, 2014 and
'A Quarrel in a Faraway Country Between People of Whom We Know Nothing' held at GAK, Bremen from November 1, 2014 till January 25, 2015.


Koenraad Dedobbeleer is an artist, occasional curator and amateur publisher from Brussels, Belgium. 

Thursday July 10, 7.30pm — 9.30pm

at San Serriffe, Amsterdam

The Witching Hour launch at San Serriffe

/ July 1, 2014

Coming Thursday, July 3, Bookshop San Serriffe will launch 'The Witching Hour' with Richard John Jones.

The follow-up to ‘Witches: Hunted, Appropriated, Empowered, Queered’ (2012), this volume is conceived as its visual companion and the catalogue of a group exhibition held at Le Quartier in Quimper. Extracts from key texts from the past 30 years accompany new writings, artworks, exhibition views, artist contributions and source documents.

The launch will feature a special installation by Amsterdam based contributor Richard John Jones. This launch coincides with Jones's solo presentation Sandberg Festival of Choices: Richard John Jones: 'Blending Blending Never Ending'  at Galerie Fons Welters, on view until the 16th July.


at Bookshop San Serriffe, Amsterdam

Thursday 2 July


Idea Books at Arcam Book Market

/ June 19, 2014

The ‘Architecture Day’ in Amsterdam will take place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June, with focus on architecture, design, future plans and several events in unique locations in the city.

On both days, ARCAM will be the starting point for visitors' architectural explorations, and the place to find the program and all information connected to the events. 

The Arcam Book Market will also be happening at location ARCAM, and Idea Books will be having a table with only architecture books at (very) small prices. 

ARCAM Book Market

Saturday 21 June: 9.30 - 16.00


More info: and ARCAM (in Dutch)

Paul Noble: Nobson at Museum Boijmans

/ June 19, 2014

During the summer of 2014 you can visit the exhibition of Paul Noble at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.

Nobson is a series of large-scale surreal drawings on which Paul Noble has been working since 1996. 

Nobson Newtown is partly inspired by the surroundings and the flat, grey skies of Whitley Bay, the British coastal town where Paul Noble grew up. The bricks of Noble’s metropolis are a three-dimensional alphabet. The letters form structures like Nobspital and Welcome to Nobson. The observant viewer can literally read the metropolis. It is a city of extremes, of cartoon-like events and madness.


Read more on Nobson Newtown in this The Guardian article from 2011.


The catalogue to the exhibition has been designed by Esther De Vries and is available in English and Dutch at Idea.


From June 14 to September 21 2014, at Boijmans.

Please Come To the Show launch at Institute of Contemporary Arts

/ June 5, 2014

On June 10, the new book of Occasional Papers will be launched at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. To mark the launch of Please Come to the Show, edited by Museum of Modern Art Bibliographer David Senior – Occasional Papers have invited Berlin-based Bar Vulkan to host an evening devoted to celebrating the exhibition invitation card, a key yet often overlooked element of exhibition-making.

Please Come To The Show will be available and shipping from next week. More on the MoMa collection here.

Book launch

Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

10 June, 6.45 pm


more info and tickets: ICA website

"Ed Van Der Elsken: Amsterdam!" at Amsterdam City Archives

/ June 4, 2014

From June 6 to September 14, the Amsterdam City Archives will be showing:

Ed Van Der Elsken: Amsterdam! Old Photographs 1947-1970, on the occasion of the reprint of the eponymous book.

Ed van der Elsken dove into his extensive archive in the late seventies to compile a book of his black-and-white images of Amsterdam, the city in which he had always lived, with the exception of 1950-1954. He often worked in the neighbourhood of his house on Koningsstraat, taking photos on the Nieuwmarkt, Zeedijk and Waterlooplein. Atmospheric images of the fifties, the riots during the turbulent sixties, lots of people, young people, but also architecture and degradation in the old city centre. This unique document has now been reissued, including new scans from the original negatives.

The book is available at Idea Books and the City Archives Bookshop, together with other titles on Ed van der Elsken.

See more Amsterdam City Archives (in Dutch)

June 6 - Sepmtember 14

Stadsarchief Amsterdam

De Bazel, Vijzelstraat 32

Torrent Magazine at Centre Pompidou

/ June 3, 2014

On June 5, Torrent magazine will be presented in Paris, at Centre Pompidou.

The presentation of Torrent at the Bibliothèque Kandinsky, in the frame of its ongoing program of publication seminars led by director Didier Schulmann, will take place in the presence of Muhanned Cader, Alain Kantarjian, Franck Leibovici, Mariah Lookman, Vittorio Santoro and Paul Winstanley.

The presentation is hosted by the team of the Bibliothèque Kandinsky together with Daniel Kurjaković and Linda Jensen, editors of Torrent.


June 5, at 6:00 pm


Free and open to the public, registration is required. Please register at


All three issues of torrent are available at Idea:


More info:

Presentation A Hermetic Compendium

/ June 3, 2014

On Friday the 12th of June, at 16.00 hours, A Hermetic Compendium of Typographic Masonry - 26 Posters by Richard Niessen will be presented at the Boekensalon of the Bijzondere Collecties of the University of Amsterdam, Oude Turfmarkt 129.

For Dutch graphic designer Richard Niessen, the poster is a favourite means of expression. Posters don’t simply hang on walls – they can be piled up, cut out, turned around, or used as way finders or board games. Niessen freely constructs and deconstructs the visual environments, functions and codes inherent to the medium. This compendium of screen-printed posters not only reflects his work, but can be seen as a set of clues to unravel his universe.

r.s.v.p at

Friet nr 1 in the Dutch newspaper NRC

/ June 2, 2014

Dutch newspaper NRC publishes a double page about Friet, a magazine for children about objects found during the excavation works for the Amsterdam North-South metro line.

Amsterdam City Hall website dedicated a page to it as well:

The debut issue of this photo magazine for children about archaeology in and around Amsterdam features plastic objects unearthed during the construction of the North/South metro line, which cuts through the historical centre of the city. Since 2003, the excavations have brought to light almost 700,000 archaeological finds from layers of sediment up to 25 metres deep and dating from the last ice age. Its pages contain 40 objects and fragments, from toys and eating utensils to personal effects and even dentures. Each is individually described and dated, making the book an educational tool for children aged eight and up via its playful encounter with history and archaeology.
In Dutch only...
Friet nr 1 is available and shipping! 

The Fernand Baudin Prize

/ May 28, 2014

On June 5 the Fernand Baudin Awards Ceremony will take place in Brussels.

With a new program for 2014, the Prize will be enriched by events around the books and authors selected.

The goal is to raise awareness on book making today. Among the books selected are:


Paul Elliman - Untitled (September Magazine)


Dyslexia-chunking Along A Straight Line - At The Crossing Turn Left


The exhibition until June 11 will be joined by the catalogue launched during the ceremony.

See more: Fernand Baudin Award

This weekend: Art Book Sale at Idea

/ May 14, 2014

We will open the doors of the warehouse to everyone who wants to drop by and browse some books at very small prices! Sale of samples, slightly damaged books and overstockson art, archiotecture, photography and design at Idea Books. 


Art Book Sale

17 - 18 May 2014

Nieuwe Herengracht 11, Amsterdam

12 - 17 pm

Invite your friends as well: Facebook

Tomorrow at San Serriffe

/ May 13, 2014

San Serriffe will launch Katinka Bock's Pazifik

Published to accompany thirteen sculptures and installations by Katinka Bock at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, six of which were specially commissioned, this book presents the pieces formally, but also explores the context of their creation.

More on this exhibition at Henry Art Gallery


With a reading by Thomas Clerc

Wednesday May 14 - 7:30pm at San Serriffe

Allen Ruppersberg at Wiels Brussels

/ May 8, 2014

"Allen Ruppersberg (1944, USA) is among the generation of American conceptual artists who changed the way art was thought about and made at the end of the 1960s. His multiform artistic work, which includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, performances and books, amongst other media, is inspired by the Beat Generation and anchored in a critical approach to the media and consumer society." (Wiels)


We just received two new books which will be available at the Wiels bookshop during this exhibition:

Allen Ruppersberg - Drawing

Allen Ruppersberg And Writing


Allen Ruppersberg: No Time Left to Start Again and Again
16 May - 17 august 2014

see more at Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (BE)

Thomas Ruff at SMAK Gent

/ May 8, 2014

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Friday 16 May at 20:00.

Lichten comprises five series of photos by Thomas Ruff (1958, Germany) ranging from the start of his artistic career in the late 1970s to recent work in 2014. In addition to Ruff’s series ‘Interiors’, ‘Stars’ and ‘Nights’, SMAK is also showing a recent series called ‘Negatives' (2014).


Accompanying the exhibition SMAK will organise a series of lectures with and about Thomas Ruff, between May 18 and June 12.

After SMAK., the exhibition moves to Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.

The catalogue Thomas Ruff: Lichten will be published by Roma Publications and soon be available at Idea.


Thomas Ruff: Lichten

17 May to 24 August at SMAK: Citadelpark Gent (BE)





ICA London Upper Gallery showing David Robbilliard

/ May 8, 2014

David Robilliard: The Yes No Quality Of Dreams 


"The ICA brings together a selection of paintings by London-based poet and painter David Robilliard in the first UK institutional exhibition for over twenty years. These intimate paintings combine figurative elements with text taken directly from Robilliard's own poems. Coded and knowing, his evocative prose alludes to intimate sexual encounters and passing infatuations that ultimately conjure an image of 1980s queer London." (ICA)

Roma Publications has just published with ICA a book which will be launched with a discussion event examining Robilliard’s painting and poetry on Friday 9 May at ICA. The Yes No Quality Of Dreams  will soon be available at Idea.


The exhibition runs until June 15 2014 and is being featured by Time Out London, and others.


Annie Ratti: The Shroom Project at De Vleeshal

/ April 17, 2014

The Shroom Project will be on show at De Vleeshal Kabinetten from 27 april to 23 June

From the artist:

"The Shroom Project comes from my fascination for mushrooms and more precisely for the psilocybin mushroom – the so-called magic mushroom – with regard to its hallucinogenic property.

My interest has covered many different aspects of the Fungi. Starting from their shape and moving on to their biological state, the way they grow and how they organize themselves in a rhizomatic way, as a huge extended net, covering the underneath of the surface of the earth. I can feel that, when Deleuze and Guattari introduced the concept of ‘rhizome’ and the rhizomatic path alternative to the arborescent-root system, they were somehow translating and “transducting” the way mushrooms live and reproduce themselves.

Following this research, I have learnt how to grow mushrooms, considering this process as part of my artwork."

Roma has just published The Mushroom Project, the catalogue to this exhibition.


27 April - 23 June. See more at De Vleeshal.

Mundin Publishing

/ April 17, 2014

We now distribute the books of Mundin. Mundin launched in June 2013, by Grażyna Kulczyk and Honza Zamojski.

They have published three books so far, one being polish only. And more interesting titles in the making...

Soon available at Idea Books:

Bownik: Disassembly

Frofenia: Leszek Knaflewski Drawings 1983-1990

Short List for the Dutch Doc Award known

/ March 27, 2014

The Dutch Doc Award  is a yearly prize for documentary photography projects from The Netherlands.

Dutch Doc Photo wants to bring Dutch documentary photography to a broader international public, stimulating a wider public interest and providing a platform where the work of different documentary photographers can be seen and discussed.

The short list for 2014 nominees is now known and their work will be exhibited in the Tropenmuseum (together with the long-list) from May 22 onwards, where the final prize will be announced on June 10.

Club Donny (Samira Ben Laloua/Frank Bruggeman/Ernst van der Hoeven) and

Only In Burundi (Anaïs López en Eva Smallegange) are among the short-listed in 2014.

Facing Pages: Independent Magazines Biennale

/ March 26, 2014

From March 28-30 you can visit Facing Pages 2014 in Arnhem. Facing Pages is the meeting point for independent magazine publishers and magazine lovers. 

The biennale consists of an exhibition showing more than 100 independent magazines, a symposium about the power of print with talks by editors, designers, art directors and publishers from all over the world.

The exhibition will stay until April 7.

Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum will have a pop-up store selling many of these publications, including some of our own distributed titles.

More info: Facing Pages 2014

Fleur van Dodewaard 131 Variations at Foam

/ March 26, 2014

From March 26 Foam Amsterdam will be showing Fleur van Dodewaard's latest work, 131 Variations.

On Sunday March 30, 131 Variations, the book, will be presented at 16:00, with an introduction by Steven Aalders. The book is published by FW: and is now shipping from our warehouse.

Her work is still on show at Hauser Zurich until April 5.

More info on the book presentation/exhibition at Foam.

The Photobook: A History Volume III

/ March 21, 2014

These books are among the 200 featured in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s third and last volume about the history of the photobook.

The Photobook: A History Volume III features books published since World War II up to now and ranges across 9 thematic sections themes such as the globalization of photographic culture, the personalization of photo books, the self publishing boom, propaganda, sex, youth culture, the impact of media and internet and much more.


Many featured titles are long out of print, but some (such as these) fortunately still available:


Geert Van Kesteren: Baghdad Calling, Post Editions

Andreas Weinand: Colossal Youth, Peperoni Books

The Police Band Of Suriname: Sara Blokland, Van Zoetendaal Publishers

Luciano Rigolini: Surrogates, Centre Culturel Suisse

Sophie Calle: Rachel, Monique…, Xavier Barral

Watabe Yukichi: A Criminal Investigation, Xavier Barral / Le Bal

Igor Samolet Be Happy!, Peperoni Books

Erik Kessels: In Almost Every Picture Twins, Kesselskramer

Michael Wolf: Tokyo Compression Three, Peperoni Books

Jan Kempenaers: Spomenik, Roma Publications

Rop Van Mierlo exhibition and new book

/ March 13, 2014

Rop van Mierlo published Wild Animals in 2010 and became world known for his sweet watercolour portraits of animals. Since then he has been working a lot, even cooperating with fashion house Marni for their Spring 2013 collection.

Some Logic is the name of the exhibition/book launch tomorrow at Lobster House and there is already a lot of talk about it: see, and Rop Van Mierlo.

The book will be available in English and Dutch from next week at Idea Books.


In Amsterdam, Lobster House, Opening and Book Launch: Friday 14 March 17:00-21:00

Fleur van Dodewaard at Hauser Gallery

/ March 11, 2014

Hauser Gallery Zurich is showing "131 Variations" of Fleur van Dodewaard.

“131 Variations” is a reinterpretation of Sol Lewitt’s “122 Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes”.

Fleur van Dodewaard set about recreating and photographing the piece seeking to produce an exact copy. See more at Hauser Gallery website.


FW: published the eponymous book, now available at Idea.


Fleur van Dodewaard (b. 1983), studied Art, Theatre and Photography and graduated at the Rietveld Academy in 2010. She has had several solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the US. Fleur lives and works in Amsterdam.

FW: Books, post editions, Valiz

/ March 7, 2014

The coming weeks POST / Limart bookshop will be featuring a nice selection of books from three Dutch publishers, FW: Books, post editions and Valiz. The selection they made can be found on their web-site. For visitors, POST / Limart Ebisu Tokyo is open from 12.00 to 20.00, except on Mondays.

André Frère Éditions

/ March 5, 2014

Idea Books is happy to announce that we will start with the distribution of the books from André Frère Éditions from Marseille. Stock of the books from Antoine d'Agata, JH Engstrøm, Stanley Greene, Thomas vanden Driessche and others reached our warehouse today. For the complete list we stock at this moment check Andre Frere on our web-site. 

Robert Filliou Teaching And Learning as Perfoming Arts launch at Whitechappel

/ February 27, 2014

Robert Filliou: Teaching And Learning as Perfoming Arts was first published in 1970 by Walther König Verlag.

Long out of print, this is an exact facsimile of the original book.

The launch will hold a discussion featuring artist Richard Demarco and Anthony Hudek of Occasional Papers, publisher of this edition.

The book will be available from March at Idea Books.


Thursday 13 March, 7pm - 9pm.

More info at Whitechappel

Sara De Bondt at Walker Art Center

/ February 27, 2014

Sara de Bondt, graphic designer and co-founder of Occasional Papers will be giving a talk at Walker Art Center on 11 March. The talk is part of the Insights 2014 Design Lecture series.

The Insights series brings leading designers from around the world to the Walker to share the thinking, methods, and processes behind their work. 

11 March 2014, at 7 pm.

See more at WalkerArt.

List of Best Dutch Book Designs 2013 is known

/ February 25, 2014

The Best Dutch Book Designs selects every year the most outstanding books published in The Netherlands. These books will be exhibited at several locations throughout the year. On the 2013 best dutch book designs list are several books we distribute.


Congratulations to the publishers: Valiz, Post Editions, Nai010, Thoth, Lecturis and Eddy van Wessel

See more: Best Dutch Book Designs

Tuija Lindström book launch at Konst-Ig

/ February 24, 2014

Tuija Lindström´s new book, In The Beginning There Was Everything, published by Art And Theory, will be presented on March 4 at Konst-Ig Art Bookshop in Stockholm.

This book follows a previous volume of Finnish-Swedish photographer Tija Lindström’s work, ‘A Dream if ever there was One’ (2012), continuing chronologically from where the last publication left off and spanning the period of her production from the 1990s until the 2000s. It is published to coincide with an exhibition of her work at the Finnish Museum of Photography. It will soon be available at Idea.

March 4 2014, at 6 pm

Konst-ig konstbokhandel, Stockholm

Idea Books One Day Library at Cottage Keibunsha

/ February 24, 2014

Idea Books will be holding next week a second edition of One Day Library, showcasing recent titles at Cottage Keibunsha.

Julie Onishi will be hosting the event, with the help of Den.

You can browse new titles in architecture, art, photography and design and place an order on the spot.

March 4, 13:00 - 20:00

Cottage Keibunsha

Please Come To The Show, the exhibition

/ February 21, 2014

Please Come to the Show, curated by David Senior, is now open at the Exhibition Research Centre in Liverpool until 11 April 2014.

This exhibition gathers a sample of innovative printed invitations, small posters, and flyers from ca. 1960 to the present from the MoMA Library collection. The selection traces ways in which artists, designers, and galleries have used invitation cards and other printed announcements as a part of the staging of conceptual works, installations, performances, and other time-based events and screenings. This diverse grouping of ephemera explores the various, often surprising ways that we have been invited to experience art.

Please Come To The Show, the book, is published by Occasional Papers and will be available at Idea throgh March.

More info on Weekdays only, 10am–5pm.

Willem Sandberg book presentation at Stedelijk Museum

/ February 20, 2014

'Willem Sandberg, Portrait of an Artist' is a collaboration between Valiz, Werkplaats Typografie, author Ank Leeuw Marcar, Ad Petersen and Rutger de Vries.

Friday February 28th 2014 
15:30pm - 18:00pm 

Bookshop Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

'Willem Sandberg, Portrait of an Artist' 

Rollo Press again selected in Most Beautiful Swiss Books

/ February 13, 2014

As the 2013 selection for the competition ‘The Most Beautiful Swiss Books' slowly becomes known, we learn Art Therapy For Conceptual Artists is one of them.


Rollo Press has received the award previously: Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2012 with Baldessari Sings Lewitt and Pocket Companion To Books From the Simpsons.

The catalogue for the travelling Exhibition will be available at Idea as well.


Conscientious Ph Mag reviews Van der Keuken, and refers others

/ February 13, 2014

Conscientious Photography Magazine is a website dedicated to contemporary fine-art photography. It offers profiles of photographers, in-depth interviews, photobook reviews, and general articles about photography and related issues.

Paris Mortel Retouche is available at Idea.

Allison Britton's new book launched at The Barbican

/ February 6, 2014

Seeing Things: Collected Writing on Art, Craft and Design by renowned British ceramicist Alison Britton will be launched at The Barbican Centre next monday, February 10.

Alison Britton will present a selection of objects featured in the book, followed by a panel discussion with art historian Linda Sandino and furniture designer Michael Marriott, chaired by curator Antony Hudek.

In Conversation: Seeing Things
10 February 2014, 6pm
Fountain Room, Barbican Centre, London


The book is already available and shipping at Idea Books.

Marcel Van Eeden's book selected as one of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2013

/ February 5, 2014

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture organizes the competition ‘The Most Beautiful Swiss Books' on an annual basis. 


Marcel van Eeden (Den Haag, 1965) lives and works in Zurich and Den Haag.
Tales Of Murder And Violence is published by Stroom Den Haag on the occasion of the the Ouborg Award 2013 and the exhibition at Stroom.


The full Most Beautiful Swiss Books list will be announced until June, followed by an exhibition in Zurich and other places in Europe.


The Most Beautiful Swiss Books Award catalogue will also be available at Idea Books.

CNN Photo blog features Fred Hüning's One Circle

/ January 22, 2014

CNN Photo blog features the work of Fred Hüning, One Circle.

One Circle is in fact the complete narrative of Hüning’s trilogy previously published individually. 

The narrative of a woman experiencing the delivery of a stillborn child (One/Einer), rediscovering love, happiness and sex (Two/Zwei)  and ultimately having a healthy baby (Three/Drei) is told through “One Circle,” a purposely nonlinear book of photographs, poetry and music lyrics.


The book has been chosen by British newspaper The Telegraph for "Inspirational photography books for 2014 - Ten photography books exploring personal journeys to inspire you in the new year".


One Circle is available at Idea books.

Book Release and Panel Discussion with Tuija Lindström

/ January 20, 2014

The gallery Swedish Photography will host a book release at the Nordic Embassy in Berlin:

Release of the second book in a series „Dream If Ever There Was One“ covering the work by the finnish-swedish photographer Tuija Lindström from 1980 to the present.

The launch will be followed by a panel discussion on "The Gender Perspective on Photography – a comparison between Sweden, Finland and Germany" with Tuija Lindström among others.


Tuesday January, 21 2014
At the Felleshus of the Nordic Embassies
Rauchstr. 1, 10787 Berlin


Book release starts 6.30 pm
Panel discussion will begin at 7 pm


In co-operation with the Embassies of Finland and Sweden as well as Art and Theory Publishing. The book will soon be available at Idea. 

Post Books is featuring Corraini

/ January 16, 2014

POST (Limart Co) is a bookshop which showcases only one publisher's publications at a time.

It focuses on each publisher's uniqueness and provides exclusive opportunity to get to know interesting activities of publishing houses from all over the world, which customers usually wouldn’t see in conventional bookshops.

POST Bookshop Ebisu/ Tokyo, is open 12:00 to 20:00, except on monday.

Post is now showcasing Corraini, and has in the past featured, among others, Roma Publications and 010 Publishers.


Sad news on the NY Times: Rizzoli bookshop may have to leave

/ January 16, 2014

Rizzoli Bookstore, whose Old World charm, chandeliers and big storefront windows make it a favorite of authors and book lovers, might be losing what was its home for 29 years on 57th Street:

Launch of Esther Shalev-Gerz's new book at Jeu de Paume

/ January 15, 2014

The Contemporary Art Of Trusting Uncertainties And Unfolding Dialogues: the first illustrated anthology to be published on her work, this book aims to stimulate debate on notions of trust and dialogue and their interrelations as seen through the lens of her oeuvre.


Born in Lithuania, raised in Israel and resident in Paris since 1984, Esther Shalev-Gerz's art has long been at the forefront of debates regarding participation, citizenship, cultural memory, and the role of the artist in society.

Her practice has consistently confronted many of the most profound ethical questions of our time regarding the politics of representation, memorialization, and the narration of our histories.


16 January 2014, 19:00, with Esther Shalev-Gerz at Jeu de Paume, Paris.

Dutch newspaper NRC gives 5 stars to Henri Jacobs

/ January 13, 2014

Marianne Vermeijden wrote a review on Henri Jacobs' Journal Drawings last Friday, rating the book with five stars.

Henri Jacobs Journal Drawings

A repository of nine years of drawing and collecting images. All Jacobs' journal drawings from 001 up to 666 are shown. For some of them, different stages of development are included. These stages reveal how a particular drawing evolved, and throughout the book, the evolution of Jacobs' drawing itself can be seen. A book with a huge number of images which, after painstaking labour, have received a place in which they can interact with each other through the eyes of the viewer.

From Roma Publications, available at Idea.

Steven Heller on Italo Lupi's Graphic autobiography

/ January 13, 2014

Steven Heller published an interview he had with Italo Lupi on the occasion of the publication of his Graphic autobiography with Corraini Edizioni. The book is in stock at Idea.