Library & talks
Leonard Koren & Guests
Undesigning the Bath / Leonard Koren

Leonard Koren & Guests
December 4–15, 2018 
Deborah Bowmann
Nathalie Du Pasquier
Uta Eisenreich
Catherine Geel

Thomas Jeppe
Leonard Koren
Jeppe Ugelvig
Boy Vereecken
Leonard Koren & Guests is a library and a live programme of conversations through which La Loge invites guests to introduce, share and address Leonard Koren’s work whose principle medium is publishing. An artist who defies categorisation, Koren uses books to share his astute observations of objects, rituals, people and places, paying particular attention to overlooked details while opening up new channels through which we can understand art, design, architecture, philosophy, ecology and anthropology. His body of work, dedicated to productive incongruities and unlikely comparisons, reflects a personal and professional pathway that is erratic and consistent, curious and engaging at once.
Over a span of two weeks, prior and during the event, Leonard Koren’s work—the full collection of twenty books, a selection of WET-magazines, images and print-outs—will be available for public consultation in a temporary library developed by Deborah Bowmann in the temple of La Loge.
On Friday 14 and Saturday 15 December, the selection of Koren's publications will serve as the point of departure to discuss recurring themes and interests including aesthetics, self-reflection, marketing, creative processes, vernacular practices, editorial sensibilities and 'what artists do’. Comprising three sessions, Leonard Koren and guests is envisioned as on opportunity to bring Koren in conversation with interviewers and practitioners who share affinities with his ways of thinking, making and doing. Each of the guests is invited to discuss Koren’s life, interests and trajectory from a personal and particular point of view.
About Leonard Koren

Leonard Koren (°1948, New York) is an American artist, aesthetics expert and writer living in San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from UCLA with a Master's Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1972, he started organising bath events, creating particular bathing environments, and producing paper works about bathing. In 1976 Koren founded WET Magazine dedicated to gourmet bathing. In 1981, he shut down WET magazine and began travelling to Tokyo, where he started writing for a Japanese lifestyle magazine with a bimonthly column titled ‘Dr. Leonardo’s Guide to Cultural Anthropology’. Ever since, writing became omnipresent and making books became his artistic practice. Leonard Koren has published twenty books until today: 17 Beautiful Men Taking a Shower (1975), WET MAGAZINE , the magazine of Gourmet Bathing (1976 – 1981), New Fashion Japan (1984), 283 Useful Ideas from Japan (1988), Graphic Design Cookbook, Mix & Match Recipes for Faster, Better Layouts (1989), Success Stories, (1990), The Hagglers Handbook: One Hour to Negotiating Power (1991), Noise Reduction: A Ten-Minute Meditation for Quieting the Mind (1992), How to Take a Japanese Bath (1992), How to Rake Leaves (1993), Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers (1994), Undesigning the Bath (1996), Gardens of Gravel and Sand (2000), 13 Books (2001), Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement (2003), The Flower Shop: Charm Grace Beauty, Tenderness in a Commercial Context (2005), Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions (2010), Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing (2012) Wabi-Sabi: Further Thoughts (2015) and What Artists Do (2018).

For two weeks, Leonard Koren’s full collection of books is available for consultation in a library setting designed by Deborah Bowmann
Tuesday 4 December 2018
18:00 to 21:00
opening hours
04/12/18 – 15/12/18
12:00 to 18:00
free entrance
Live programme of conversations

Friday 14 December 2018
19:00 to 22:00
Saturday 15 December 2018
11:00 to 17:00

Practical information

A detailed programme and schedule wille be soon available online
entrance fee: 5€ (access to the full programme)
language: English
RSVP is highly recommended, limited seating: