Exhibition Book Works

Museum of Chance © Dayanita Singh © Dayanita Singh

Preview: Friday, 23 January, 19:00; On view: Tuesday, 27 January - Saturday, 14 February (Monday - Saturday, 10:00-18:00; Closed on Sundays, but open on Sunday, 1 February during the India Art Fair)

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi

3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg
110001 New Delhi

By Dayanita Singh

Vehicular movement will not be hampered on the evening of the preview, Friday, 23 January.
The exhibition will remain closed from Saturday, 24 – Monday, 26 January due to the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi.

Gerhard Steidl calls her the genius of book making, she calls herself a book artist.

What is a book? Can a mass produced artist book be considered a contemporary art work in its own right? Can a book be both a book and an exhibition? And can a book, shown on a wall as a work, also become a catalogue of its very exhibition?

With Museum of Chance (Steidl 2014) Dayanita Singh has achieved all of this, creating a work that is simultaneously a book, an art object, an exhibition and a catalogue.  

The book has within it 88 images, each of these images are also a cover, so the book comes with 88 different covers. These are then placed in wooden structures and displayed on the walls. Moving away from showing editioned prints framed on the wall, Dayanita Singh makes the book itself the art object, to be valued, looked at and read as such, rather than being regarded as a gathering of photographic reproductions. In fact the book in its special structure is the work, as were her silver gelatin prints, and the images inside could be seen as the catalogue of this exhibition of the 88 book covers.

In Dayanita Singh: Book Works, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi will present the Museum of Chance book-object for the first time in Delhi.