Library & talks
Leonard Koren and guests
Undesigning the Bath / Leonard Koren

Leonard Koren and guests 
04/12/18 - 15/12/18

Leonard Koren and guests is a programme of conversations focusing on a set of ideas that run through the practice of Leonard Koren whose primary medium is publishing. An artist who defies categorisation, Koren uses books to share his astute observations of objects, rituals, people and places, opening up new channels through which we can understand art, design, architecture, philosophy, ecology and anthropology. 

Leonard Koren’s temporary library
December 4 – 15, 2018

Opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday
12:00 to 18:00
Over a span of two weeks, Leonard Koren’s work – the full collection of twenty books, a selection of WET-magazines, images, and print-outs – will be available to consult in a temporary library developed by Deborah Bowmann in the temple of La Loge. The full library of publications by Leonard Koren consisting of 20 books will be available for public consultation at La Loge prior to the live conversations and interventions.

Leonard Koren and guests
14 and 15 December 2018

Full programme soon available
On Friday 14 and Saturday 15 December, A selection of Koren's publications will serve as the point of departure to discuss recurring themes and interests including vernacular practices, aesthetics, editorial sensibilities, self-reflection, marketing, creative processes or 'what artists do’. This two-day program consisting of three sessions is envisioned as an opportunity to bring Leonard Koren in conversation with interviewers and practitioners who share affinities with Koren’s ways of thinking, making and doing.

About the artist  

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 unusual 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 to work on music videos for Japanese television, and where he wrote a series of works on aesthetics. Books by Leonard Koren include 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 Artist Do (2018).