A publication about the history of Royal Book Lodge by historian John C. Welchman has been available from Hatje Cantz since June 2023.


The book presents the first in-depth study in over 30 years of Royal Book Lodge’s collaborative activity with an international network of artists. It examines the history and context of the various artistic practices of Royal Book Lodge, having as its nerve center the Artist’s Book and the building of an important archive of works and documents. In 13 chapters, the book explores the various cultural and political geographies of Royal Book Lodge, particularly in the Parisian suburbs, as well as in the stories of emigration and travel on the edge between eras. It addresses issues related to the constructions of fiction, autobiography; the relationship of Royal Book Lodge with certain protagonists of historical avant-gardes; notions of remote control, the archeology of violence and the potential of art as a “first aid kit”.


With: Raisa Aid, Kai Althoff, Abel Auer, Linda Bilda, Bogdana Borowitch, Veronique Bourgoin, André Butzer, matali crasset, Gregory Cadars, Salaeina Coulibali, Caroline Dahyot, Sara Glaxia, Piotr Golos, Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, Beate Günther, Tobias Hauser, Andy Hope 1930, Julia Isidrez, Daniel Johnston, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Dorota Jurczak, Armin Krämer, Alexandre Kalinkin, Adolfo Kaminsky, Lutz Krüger, Charlet Kugel, Jean-Louis Leibovitch, Anne Lefebvre, Jochen Lempert, Roberto Ohrt, Jonathan Meese, Ogwa, Anna Parkina, Raymond Pettibon, Capitan Pinturas, Oskar-von-Miller Strasse 16, Jason Rhoades, Abdelkader Rifi, Julia Rublow, Ralph Rumney, Gianfranco Sanguinetti, Schlag ( Grems, Texe, Virassamy), Storval Stefan V. Jonsson, Lucia Sotnikova, Jeanne Susin, Juli Susin, Miroslav Tichy, Angel Yegros



ROYAL BOOK LODGE by John C. Welchman, Edition Hatje Cantz, 2023. Design and typography : Gregory Cadars, 348 Pages, 410 Illustrations, 340mm x 240mm, with original lithography by Kai Althoff.