About Parkett: A large library and a small museum
of contemporary art

Parkett Volumes (Spines 40-66)

Mariko Mori Pages

Mariko Mori's collaboration in Parkett 54 (double page)

Richter Page

Gerhard Richter's Layout Sketch for Parkett 35 (excerpt)


MoMA's Parkett exhibition, New York, 2001

Maurizio Cattelan Sketch

Maurizio Cattelan's sketch for his edition for Parkett 59

Parkett collaborates directly with compelling international artists. To date it has published one hundred and one volumes with over 270 in-depth monographic artists’ portraits, each featuring three to four texts, and a total of some 1,500 essays by renowned authors. Next to collaborating on the selection of the authors, pictures and the design, each artist also creates a signed and numbered edition especially for Parkett, which may take any form, from prints, objects and installations to unique works of art. Since 1984 270 works from artists in more than forty countries have joined Parkett’s Musée en appartement, making the quarter century project both a large library and a small museum of contemporary art.

The list of collaborating artists includes among many others Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, Laurie Anderson, Georg Baselitz, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Francesco Clemente, Olafur Eliasson, Tracey Emin, Urs Fischer, Peter Fischli/David Weiss, Damien Hirst, Rebecca Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Christian Marclay, Ernesto Neto, Beatriz Milhazes, Bruce Nauman, Meret Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Anri Sala, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Luc Tuymans,  Andy Warhol, and Yang Fudong. In addition to the central artists’ collaboration, Parkett features various contributions on contemporary art within a series of playful sections such as Cumulus, Insert, or Les Infos du Paradis.

All editions and works have been presented in exhibitions around the world at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, STPI Singapore, Seoul Arts Center/Hangaram Museum, Korea, Centre Pompidou, Paris and other venues. The catalogue raisonné “200 Art Works – 25 Years” documents all works made by the artists with full page color illustrations as well as all Insert projects, spines and magazine covers, with essays by Deborah Wye and Susan Tallman and an index of all authors and texts published. The most recent exhibition entitled “Inside a Book a House of Gold” was on view in Beijing in spring 2012 at the Ullens Center (UCCA). Iwona Blazwick, Director, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, noted, “commissioned by PARKETT, the most important artists of our time have created editions that represent the essence of their art or reveal an unexpected dimension. The works cover every possible medium including painting, photographs, drawings, prints, sculptures, videos, DVDs,and sound pieces.”

Parkett is published twice per year in English and German by its eponymous publishing house in Zurich with an additional editorial office in New York. With a circulation of 10,000 copies the publication is read by some 30,000 readers in more than forty countries. Parkett is available by subscription and is on sale online and in more than five hundred art book shops around the world. Parkett’s editorial board consists of Bice Curiger, editor-in-chief, Nikki Columbus, executive editor, Mark Welzel, editor, Jacqueline Burckhardt, co-founder and Dieter von Graffenried, publisher.