As you may guess from the title, ABC Wednesday is starting another round through the ABCs today, for the 12th time!
New York artist Mark Dion’s work "The Antiquarian Book Shop," 2008,
now stands in the Israel Museum's art garden.
A Jerusalem Post article calls it "an installation that tries to shatter the accepted norms of history and collective culture."
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem Magazine calls it
a life-scale book shop filled with hundreds of books and collectibles culled from various locations and cultures worldwide and across an impressive range of periods in time.
Dion’s house-like structure is locked and not accessible, creating a kind of still-life motif within the dynamism of the Garden’s seven-acre setting.
The work seeks to find connections between disparate peoples and moments in history and literature, revealing underlying commonalities of humankind and resonating both with the European tradition of the 16th–17th-century Wunderkammer, and with the Museum’s encyclopedic collections.
Its special setting in the Garden, near works by such minimalist masters as Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd, creates yet another level of dynamic reflection about the nature of empty forms, as well as of those – such as Dion’s – that are filled with rich material content.
Well, whatever. All I know is that it felt frustrating to be peering through locked windows and door at all those globes and stuff and books, instead of being able to enter and browse.
(Linking to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)