Catalog Dr. Oprecht und Helbling, 1933. Cover design: Max Bill © 2023, ProLitteris, Zurich

Opening Reception:
‘bücher 1933’

  • Sat 15 April 2023
  • 4 – 6 pm

Please join us for the opening of ‘bücher 1933,’ a presentation focused on first editions of anti-fascist and emigré literature published by Emil and Emmie Oprecht – the former occupants of the current home of Hauser & Wirth Publishers – in the years following the Nazi book burnings of 1933.

Hauser & Wirth Publishers Rämistrasse 5 8001 Zurich

This event is free to attend and open to the public.


About the exhibition

With the ‘bücher 1933’ exhibition, the bookshop on Rämistrasse becomes a space to think back on the effects of the Nazi seizure of power, the authors and works blacklisted by the regime and the publishing activities undertaken by the Oprechts as a response to the challenges of their time. The exhibition presents a curated selection of works by Annette Kelm, historical photographs, and publications from the Dr. Oprecht and Europa publishing houses.

Alongside the presentation of books banned and burned by the Nazi regime, there is a reading corner with a selection of titles from Lars Müller Publishers, Scheidegger & Spiess/Park Books, and Limmat Verlag. Titles on the period in question, with a special focus on artistic and literary avant-gardes, have been chosen in consultation with the publishers and highlight the book as an important medium of remembrance and a bulwark against forgetting.

‘bücher 1933’ is on view through 25 May 2023.

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