Attaining Cosmic Consciousness:
Books, Drawings and Ephemera Ex Libris Ian Whittlesea

Thursday 9 October, 7-9pm with a discussion
between Anna Gritz & Ian Whittlesea, 7.30-8pm

Until Saturday 25 October, Tuesday – Saturday, 11-6pm


Tenderbooks is pleased to present a display of books, drawings, records, pamphlets, and ephemera collected by artist Ian Whittlesea. Some for sale, others not, the collection documents the information and inspiration behind Whittlesea's own publications.

Part physical bibliography and part record of interrelated and overlapping obsessions, the display links Johannes Itten, the Bauhaus, Mazdaznan, Yves Klein and judo with alchemy, physical culture, theosophy, Rosicrucianism and theories of invisibility. A limited edition letterpress bookplate will be published to accompany the display and a number of the original drawings for Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture will be on show.

There will also be a short discussion between Anna Gritz (Associate Curator, South London Gallery) and Ian Whittlesea at 7.30pm on the night of the opening.


Ian Whittlesea’s work is concerned with words, and with the ability of text to transform the physical and psychic state of the viewer. His translation of Yves Klein’s Les Fondements du Judo was published in 2009 and his newly illustrated edition of Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture in 2012. These texts, along with his most recent book Becoming Invisible, have been collectively described as ‘instruction manuals for transcendental exercise’. He is represented by Marlborough Contemporary, London.


6 Cecil Court

Tues - Sat, 11-6pm
020 7379 9464


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