Museum Bhavan

by Dayanita Singh


Photographs: Dayanita Singh

Publisher: Steidl

289 pages

Pictures: 241

Year: 2017

ISBN: 978-3-95829-161-4

Price: 78

Comments: Leporello in slipcase, first edition, 9 x 13,7cm

In Museum Bhavan Dayanita Sighn creates a new space between publishing and the museum, an experience where books have the same if not greater artistic value than prints hanging on a gallery wall. Consisting of nine individual “museums” in book form, Museum Bhavan is a miniature version of Singh’s traveling exhibition of the same name whose prints are placed in folding expanding wooden structures (her “photo-architecture”), which she likes to interchange at will.

The images in Museum Bhavan—old and new, intriguingly literal and suggestive—have been intuitively grouped into lyrical chapters in a visual story such as “Little Ladies Museum” and “Ongoing Museum,” as well as more specific series like “Museum of Machines.” Following her Sent a Letter (2008), the starting point for this project, the books are housed in a handmade box and fold out into accordion-like strips which Singh encourages viewers to install and curate as they wish in their own homes. The exhibition thus becomes a book, and the book becomes an exhibition.


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Museum Bhavan

by Dayanita Singh


Photographs: Dayanita Singh

Publisher: Steidl

289 pages

Pictures: 241

Year: 2017

ISBN: 978-3-95829-161-4

Price: 78

Comments: Leporello in slipcase, first edition, 9 x 13,7cm

In Museum Bhavan Dayanita Sighn creates a new space between publishing and the museum, an experience where books have the same if not greater artistic value than prints hanging on a gallery wall. Consisting of nine individual “museums” in book form, Museum Bhavan is a miniature version of Singh’s traveling exhibition of the same name whose prints are placed in folding expanding wooden structures (her “photo-architecture”), which she likes to interchange at will.

The images in Museum Bhavan—old and new, intriguingly literal and suggestive—have been intuitively grouped into lyrical chapters in a visual story such as “Little Ladies Museum” and “Ongoing Museum,” as well as more specific series like “Museum of Machines.” Following her Sent a Letter (2008), the starting point for this project, the books are housed in a handmade box and fold out into accordion-like strips which Singh encourages viewers to install and curate as they wish in their own homes. The exhibition thus becomes a book, and the book becomes an exhibition.


More books by Dayanita Singh

more books tagged »Indian« | >> see all

more books tagged »black and white« | >> see all

more books tagged »museum« | >> see all

more books tagged »conceptual« | >> see all

A collector's choice by josefchladek.com

Museum Bhavan

by Dayanita Singh


Photographs: Dayanita Singh

Publisher: Steidl

289 pages

Pictures: 241

Year: 2017

ISBN: 978-3-95829-161-4

Price: 78

Comments: Leporello in slipcase, first edition, 9 x 13,7cm

In Museum Bhavan Dayanita Sighn creates a new space between publishing and the museum, an experience where books have the same if not greater artistic value than prints hanging on a gallery wall. Consisting of nine individual “museums” in book form, Museum Bhavan is a miniature version of Singh’s traveling exhibition of the same name whose prints are placed in folding expanding wooden structures (her “photo-architecture”), which she likes to interchange at will.

The images in Museum Bhavan—old and new, intriguingly literal and suggestive—have been intuitively grouped into lyrical chapters in a visual story such as “Little Ladies Museum” and “Ongoing Museum,” as well as more specific series like “Museum of Machines.” Following her Sent a Letter (2008), the starting point for this project, the books are housed in a handmade box and fold out into accordion-like strips which Singh encourages viewers to install and curate as they wish in their own homes. The exhibition thus becomes a book, and the book becomes an exhibition.


More books by Dayanita Singh

more books tagged »Indian« | >> see all

more books tagged »black and white« | >> see all

more books tagged »museum« | >> see all

more books tagged »conceptual« | >> see all

A collector's choice by josefchladek.com