Postcard Kilometer - Artists' Postcards in Europe from 1960 to Today

Dresden, the capital city of the German state of Saxony, is always worth a trip especially with the upcoming exhibition of artists’ postcards at the Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) from November 10, 2023 to February 18, 2024:

Postcard Kilometer - Artists’ Postcards in Europe from 1960 to Today

Since the 1960s, the postcard has been an important and widely used medium in the international art scene that has found its way into museum collections. Both subversive and democratic, postcards and mail art have been an appropriate means of communication for many artists to bring art and life together, to disseminate ideas, to invite to exhibitions and to network with each other.

Since the use of smartphones and social media, the artist postcard has had a hard time, but it has not disappeared to this day. The exhibition in Dresden shows around 300 artists’ postcards from an English private collection, supplemented by further works from the holdings of the Kupferstich-Kabinett (Museum of Prints, Drawings and Photographs) and the Archive of the Avant-Garde. The focus of the selection is on Central Europe; the cards are painted and written by 50 artists such as Joseph Beuys, Richard Hamilton, Annette Messager, Robert Rehfeldt, Endre Tót, Hanne Darboven, Martin Kippenberger, Dieter Roth, Barbara and Gabriele Schmidt Heins as well as Klaus and Rolf Staeck.