Exhibition of unwanted books in Manila


The Library of Unread Books is a traveling collection of unwanted publications, where guests are welcome to browse as much as they want, returning the books into any random pile. 

The exhibit is open to the public at the Fifth Floor of First United Building, 413 Escolta Street, Binondo, Manila. 

This is the first off-site show by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Manila.

MCAD has committed to operate this presentation for the next 10 years, accumulating more unread books during that time, and sparking conversations among visitors to the library. It hopes that the entire lot of tomes will be received by an institution after being toured for a decade to serve as a final repository for the entire set. 

‘The Library of Unread Books’ is a traveling collection featuring unwanted publications 

MCAD Commons is an exhibition program of the MCAD, conceptualized as a project that is held away from the main museum, to reach a larger audience that allows for the engagement with creative development, ideas exchange, and support of the artistic process across the areas of research, art practice, and curatorial discourse.

The installation is a collaborative project by Malaysian-born Heman Chong, an artist, curator, and writer, and Netherlands-based Renée Staal, a creative archive manager and researcher.

When the show ends on Aug. 26, the entire collection of books will move to a future location that has yet to be determined.

For details ad inquiries, visit www.mcadmanila.org.ph, or follow its Facebook and Twitter accounts at MCADManila.

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