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19.07.2011

 

Book tip : das Schubladenmuseum - 500 artists united in a chest of drawers in Zurich

The drawer museum, a disused box of sewing silk coils from an old haberdashery, consists of 20 drawers with 25 compartments each – or should that be rooms? – 43mm in height, 57mm in width and 48mm deep respectively.

Each of these 500 rooms contains an original piece of work created especially for the drawer museum, mostly by artists from the creative 1960s and 1970s

The museum is located on the 501. Werk, a metal pedestal by Ed Kienholz. The real drawer museum is part of the Kunsthaus Zurich collection in Switzerland.

Swiss painter, object artist, filmmaker, video and sound artist Herbert Distel came up with the idea, which was presented for the first time in 1972 during the Documenta 5 in Kassel, a ‘work in progress’ piece of art. Ever since, it has been the guest of many museums all over the world.

The rooms are home to works by the likes of Bechers, Beuys, Botero and Burri, to name but a few. The museum was recently tenderly restored, as the ravages of time show no mercy for the museum or the artworks for that matter.

The department of conservation and restoration in the University of the Arts in Bern initiated a conservation and restoration project that was generously supported by the Julius Bär Foundation.

The book on the impressive Museum en miniature, published by Scheidegger and Spiess and Thomas Kramer has been re-published. The first catalogue from 1978 was sold out for a long time.

All 500 works are depicted in their original dimensions, the history of their creation is documented in text & visuals and the fascinating impact of the compartments is discussed in essays.


Das Schubladenmuseum 1970–1977
Fünfhundert Kunstwerke der Moderne
Published by Thomas Kramer
Contribution by Herbert Distel, Gabi Zaun-Fertel as well as Ueli Zingg and Anne Marie Aeschlimann
Texts in German English
Bound, 20 cm x 30 cm
184 Pages, 553 coloured und 17 b&w pictures.
978-3-85881-333-6
CHF 59.00, € 44.86 (€ 48.00)

www.schubladenmuseum.com

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