Two volumes of artist's books, titled Die EIGEN+ART and Zwei Jahre EIGEN+ART, from the important contemporary German art gallery founded in 1983 as an experimental gallery project in Leipzig in the GDR, each limited edition numbered set comprised of a small volume containing typescript descriptions and documentary photographs of exhibitions which took place at the gallery over the year covered, and a cassette-form portfolio with original artworks and photographs by GDR artists who exhibited at the gallery, 32 works total between the two sets, each work signed and numbered. Text volumes 4to., portfolios folio-size. Text volumes cloth boards, portfolios linen cassettes, artworks loose as issued. One image with partial adhesions from tissue paper overlay, some very minor soiling and rubbing to portfolios, overall very fine. Leipzig (Galerie Eigen+Art) 1985/1986 and 1986/1987. Limited editions 17/25 and 10/20.
Of the first volume, Lybke wrote, "Am 25.10.1986 besteht die Eigen+Art ein Jahr. Aus diesem Anlass wurde diese Mappe zusammengestellt. Sie beinhaltet Arbeiten, die Beleg sind für das Schaffen derer, die im Zeitraum vom 25. Oktober bis Oktober ’86 in der Eigen+Art augestellt haben.” The objective of the second set was similar. The artists whose work makes up these portfolios include Ingo Regel, Karin Wieckhorst, Michael Kunert, Micha Brendel, Klaus Elle, Thomas Florschütz, Dietrich Oltmanns, Wolfgang Lehmann, Detlef Schweiger, Roland Borchers, Volker Regel, Volker Baumgart, Dieter Ladewig, Andreas Hanske, Frank Müller, Angela Hampel, Carsten Nicolai, Jens Pfuhler, and others. Incredibly scarce; as of May 2019, WorldCat locates only two North American institutions with any holdings of the Eigen+Art artist's books, and none of either of these two specific sets. Book ID: 49076