Online and Time-traveling bookstore.

12.02.2022 - 06.03.2022

REAL / BOOKS appears in the Koelnischer Kunstverein with special "Last Man by Mary Shelley" selection for the exhibition "PURE FICTION presents Rosa & Dylan Aiello, Ellen Yeon Kim, Erika Landstroem, Luzie Meyer and Mark von Schlegell in SHIFTING THEATER: SYBIL'S MOUTHS ...

With performances on the opening and closing dates.

July 27 - November 3, 2020:

Mark von Schlegell, "Demon Kind"

We are excited to announce a new solo online exhibition by Dr. Mark von Schlegell of twenty-four watercolor works, especially conceived and executed to be "hung" in the von Schlegell-designed "Real/Books" info-architecture.

Jeff VanderMeer wrote in Bookforum how Dr. v. Schlegell's science fiction “ignores the current scene" as it "addresses the realities of a grim future with grace, humour, and intellectual honesty." Via its own newfangled old-school, "Demon Kind" occupies a similar trajectory in a visual mode. Shining out from the null space of social-distance, these small, 1d, high-content friends of the environment insert themselves online with devilish ease. Moving among the relatively re-sized images into the illusory third dimension, one can follow the drifting scans as an invitation to move through cyberspace and discover new cinematic juxtapositions.
In a show at an online bookstore, new book portraits by the author of "The Paperback Revolution: A Selection" are to be expected. But the demons, inspired by writing horror, may surprise. Mitch McConnell? William Barr? Expressionism? Blame it on the moment.


May 7 - 14, 2020. REAL/BOOKS appears at Traumathek, 45 Engelbertstr. Cologne ... assorted new books on sale in the store. Paperback antiques available by special appointment.


July 6-7, 2019. REAL / BOOKS will appear at the 2019 Cologne Art Book Fair...March 2019.
Jul 6, 2019 – Jul 7, 2019 at Kölnischer Kunstverein...


Please join us for the Cologne 2019 launch of REAL / BOOKS, a conceptual re-fit of the gallery's online bookstore in collaboration with writer/artist, Dr. Mark v. Schlegell, into a pop-up / online hybrid of unpredictable scheduling.

In collaboration with international independent publishers like Broken Dimanche Press, RE/Search, Spector Books, SuKuLTur, Pork Salad Press, and Semiotext(e); REAL / BOOKS challenges the Amazon model by inaugurating a store that needs no stock.

So come over and help us evaporate. REAL / BOOKS launches with a pop-up show room inviting the 21st century shopper not only to browse, but to don white cotton gloves and become intimate with actual copies of rare books ordinarily only on the website.

Deals on real books and special editions by the likes of Amy Ball, Joseph Buckley, Colt Jonner, Karl Marx, Mieko Meguro, Pure Fiction, Fabian Reimann, V. Vale, Mark von Schlegell, H. G. Wells and many other bargains, surprises, rarities and collectibles.

"REAL / BOOKS will function as a rare book ‘antique store,’ having a hard-to-find selection of aged trashy, used pulp paperbacks to discover and purchase at a reasonable price. There will be sci-fi, crime and detective classics with quality art-work covers; as well as other treats: ‘pop-up’ children’s books and other ‘juvenilia,’ such as classic, old comic books, lurid pornographic classics—such as Lydia Lunch’s ‘Paradoxia’—for PhD scholars, and the works of the Marquis De Sade. Also, for connoisseurs of the medium, Professor Mark von Schlegell’s selection of some of the greatest graphic novels. 

"REAL // BOOKS is not conceived as an artwork, but more as simply a great, somewhat antiquarian bookshop. There will be a special area devoted to the celebrated illustrated picture books of the Japanese-born artist Mieko Meguro. Meguro’s works incorporate the influences of traditional 19th Century Japanese wood-cuts, Hokusai, Art Nouveau, British children’s picture books, and contemporary Japanese Manga..."

-- Dan Graham, 2019