For more than 50 years, Walther Koenig Books has been renowned for its wide selection of books on art and architecture, theory and philosophy, design and photography. The in-house publishing house publishes artists’ books and exhibition catalogues of numerous large museums and institutions. The Vienna shop opened in 2008 and is the only branch in Austria.
Interview with Dominique Kempers
Who/What are you?
I am a trained bookseller and I have been the branch manager of Walther Koenig Books at MQ for one and a half years.
What are your fields of activity?
All activities relating to a bookshop, from purchase to customer service, sales and the organization of readings.
How do you reach your goals?
With lots of tiny notepads and a great team.
What challenges do you face?
To reconcile aspiration with reality…
What is important to you?
Satisfied customers und satisfied employees.
How big is your team?
Currently, we are ten colleagues.
Since when have you been at Q21/MuseumsQuartier Wien?
A perfect work day starts with…
…an espresso and a look into the feature pages.
Our book recommendations for Christmas:
① Jaques Barsac: Charlotte Perriand - Complete Works Vol. 4, Scheidegger & Spiess, € 123,40
② Alison Castle: The Definitive Jaques Tati, Taschen, € 185,-
③ Kevin Conru/Jonathan Fogel (Hrsg.): Sepik Ramu Art, Conru Editions, € 298,-
④ Thomas Fierl/Philipp Oswalt (Hrsg.): Hannes Meyer und das Bauhaus – Im Streit der Deutungen, Spector Books, € 38,-
⑤ Mary Gabriel: Ninth Street Women, Little Brown, € 35,00
⑥ Mackenzi Lee: Kick-Ass Women - 52 Wahre Heldinnen, Suhrkamp Nova, € 20,60
⑦ Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing: Der Pilz am Ende der Welt, Matthes&Seitz, € 15,50
⑧ Ottessa Moshfegh: Mein Jahr der Ruhe und Entspannung, Liebeskind, € 22,-
⑨ Laurids Ortner/Manfred Ortner: Haus-Rucker-Co: Drawings and Objects 1969-1989, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Subskriptionspreis bis 31.12.19: € 340,- ab 01.01.20: € 390,-
⑩ Shauna Tan: Zikade, Aladin, € 17,50
Q21 Backstage: EIKON is a quality international quarterly exploring photography and media art. Ever since its founding in 1991, the magazine has featured well-researched articles as well as extensive illustrations in each issue, around 90 pages in length. The journal published in German and English also runs its own exhibition space EIKON Schaufenster, a remarkable platform for Austrian and international artists.