The exhibition brings together the collection artists books of the American artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2006) from the collection of the library of the Van Abbemuseum.
Besides his other more monumental works, he published artist books from 1966. Modular systems and geometric structures based on the square are typical elements in his work. In the opinion of LeWitt the square is the most neutral basic form to design a concept as objective as possible. The book Variations of incomplete open cubes, 1973 is an excellent example for this idea.
The artist himself states that he belongs to the conceptual art, but many others register him among the artists of the Minimal Art movement. Since the sixties – like other conceptual artists like for instance Lawrence Weiner- he is occupied with the idea of a non-hierarchical society with a visual art who is accesable, makable and payable for everybody. He sees his books as the cheapest and most informative demonstrations of his concept.