Offprint Library Milano

An itinerant library that questions the context and values of design through critical publications


From 4 to 9 April 2017, for its second edition in Milan, during the Salone del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair), Offprint Library returns to Atelier Clerici to present over 150 publications questioning design values and stimulating a critical approach to contemporary design practices. 

Designed by Berlin-based artist Lukas Wegwerth, Offprint Library Milano is also an open-source design project. Conceived and realised according to the OpenStructure design principle, the library's modular exhibition system is based on a shared and scalable geometrical grid.

Offprint Library is an itinerant and curated library that sells independent publications associated with specific themes and locations. During the Rencontres d’Arles, in 2016, Offprint Library investigated the role and the meaning of Photography, Image Making, and visual digital practices trough a selection of artists, photographers and critics’ publications. In September 2017, inspired by the centenary of three major aesthetic events—the emergence of the De Stijl movement, Marcel Duchamp’s iconic readymade sculpture Fountain, and the Russian October revolution—Offprint Library Amsterdam will examine the year 1917 as it presents its activities at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Offprint operates chiefly as a non-profit, sharing the values of the LUMA Foundation, motivated by the ideals of promoting invention and experimentation within the arts, environment, human rights, social engagement and beyond. Finding its full expression in the inter-disciplinary facility currently under construction in Arles, it aims to reconnect the arts with society, putting aside a market imperative for novelty, in favor of art-based projects with broader social concerns. 

Offprint at Atelier Clerici combines LUMA Foundation’s interest for independent publishing and the impact of social design as a tool of development for Arles and region, which will give way to a number of ground-breaking projects

Publications can be purchased directly at Atelier Clerici during the Salone del Mobile, from 4-9 April 2017.

Artistic direction
Yannick Bouillis

Jonathan Moreaux

Judith Wollner

Produced by
LUMA Foundation for LUMA Arles

Press contact
Pierre Collet, Imagine
+33 680 84 87 71


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Upcoming Events
Offprint London (Fair)
140 independent art publishers
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
19–21 May 2017

Hôtel du Cloître Bookstore
26, rue du Cloître, Arles, France
Year-round, Wednesday through Sunday

Parc des Ateliers Bookstore
La Grande Halle, Parc des Ateliers, Arles
May 2017 – Spring 2018
Online newsfeed presenting new publications in art, architecture, design and photography.
September 2017

Offprint Library Amsterdam
« 1917 »
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
29 September 2017

Offprint Paris (Fair)
130 independent art publishers
Beaux-Arts, Paris
9–12 November 2017


About LUMA Foundation and LUMA Arles
In 2004, Maja Hoffmann created the LUMA Foundation in Switzerland to support the activities of artists, independent trailblazers and organisations working in the visual arts, photography, publishing, documentary filmmaking and multimedia. Managed as a production tool by Ms. Hoffmann, the LUMA Foundation produces, supports and enables demanding art projects committed to environmental issues, human rights, education and culture in the broadest sense of the term. 

In 2013, Ms. Hoffmann launched LUMA Arles to plan, draw up, develop and manage the Parc des Ateliers project. It also supports the LUMA Foundation by working in Arles on the creation of a new model of a cultural centre.

LUMA Arles is an experimental contemporary art centre where artists, researchers and creators from every field collaborate with each other on multidisciplinary works and shows. Located in the Parc des Ateliers, a 6.5-hectare site occupied by former railroad workshops built in the 1840s, LUMA Arles includes a resource center designed by architect Frank Gehry; various industrial buildings undergoing rehabilitation by Selldorf Architects; and a public park laid out by landscape architect Bas Smets.

Part of the new Parc des Ateliers building is set to open in 2018. Meanwhile, the LUMA Arles core group (Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno and Beatrix Ruf) has presented a program that occupies the site’s already-open venues —the Grande Halle, Forges and Mécanique Générale—on a rotating basis. 

Recent LUMA Foundation projects for LUMA Arles at the Parc des Ateliers include “Systematically Open? New Forms of Contemporary Image Production” (2016); “Imponderable: the Archives of Tony Oursler” (2015); “Frank Gehry: The Solaris Chronicles” (2014); “Wolfgang Tillmans: Neue Welt”  (2013); “To the Moon by Way of the Beach” (2012);  “Doug Aitken: Altered Earth, Arles, City of Images in Motion” (2012); “How Soon Is Now?” (2010); and the symposia “How Institutions Think” (2016), “La crue des droits” (2013) and “The Human Snapshot” (2011).