Tuesday, March 19, 2013


As many friends really enjoyed my last banner, I will repeat the post I did about the "Book Art Installation" by Matej Krén in May 06, 2007. (Para tradução, favor clicar no Google Translate)

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"Book-Cell" 2006 - This picture was taken by Luísa R. at CAM (Centro de Arte de Moderna da Fundação Gulbenkian) in Lisbon, August 2006.

MATEJ KRÉN was born in 1958 in Trencin, Eslováquia. After graduating from the Applied Arts Secondary School in Bratislava he continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava from 1977-81, and from 1981-1985 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.The artist currently lives and works in Prague. (Tradução, clicando no

MATEJ KRÉN's work is remarkable for its exceptional scope. In recent years his distinctive approach to sculpture, object, installation, drawing, print, painting, action art, film, music, sound and word has attracted attention at many prestigious international art shows.

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The Book Cell Project, repeats the recurring procedure, in the work of this artist, of piling up thousands of books, creating an architectonic structure where we are invited to step inside.

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"Idiom" - Instalation in São Paulo 1995

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"Idiom" - Interior Space

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"Gravity-Mixer" 2001

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"Omphalos" 2005

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"Passage" 2006
The "Passage" represents a kind of symbolic "short cut across the world" in which we exist or dwell: through the factual, real world into the world of human culture, where reality is exchanged for another - virtual - reality, for the reality of word, text, sign, symbol, image, and back again. The project itself is a metaphorical synthesis of a number of formal semantic elements: an entrance, a path, "endless walls" of books, mirrors, light, an exit and even the physical presence of the viewers themselves.

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The first photo was taken by Luísa R. from the blog Gotasdagua. The others photos and text were from MATEJ KREN's site. You also can see Matej Krén's works at BookLust .


Thérèse said...

I am not sure I like too much the idea of piling books... It reminds me of an ad in Arizona, USA asking us to recycle the books we had read in the recycling bin!

altadenahiker said...

Oh thank you! So creative, stunning, and symbolic. I've seen books arranged to create a coffee table before, but never whole rooms.

Al said...

That is awesome - I've never seen anything like it before. Those books must weigh a ton (or probably several). I never would have thought of using books like this, I just read them. But that's why I'm not an artist!

✿ chica said...

Incrível! Adorei ver! E agora vi que entro normalmente por esse blog que é o que aparece na lista Reader. beijos,chica

Sofia said...

Ah, livros!!!
Adorei o post e a arte, mamis!
Muitos beijos, saudades :)

Tabor said...

Perfect art work for those of us who love books!

Lowell said...

Now these things I really like! They are so creative and fun what with all the different configurations. The biggest problem I see would be if someone came in and wanted a book at the bottom of the pile and pulled it out! ;) Just kidding.

Thanks for stopping by our blog today and for your kind comment!

Terry said...

That is amazing! I had no idea your header was of books.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

These are extraordinary! He is sooo very talented! Such Amazing, Amazing Work! Thank you, dear Sonia, for sharing these unique structures! "ART", in all it's glory....!

Ms M said...

I love these! What a wonderful exhibit!

Janice Thomson said...

Creative, artistic and unique - much enjoyed post.
How are you Sonia?

Pasadena Adjacent said...

It's an interesting commentary (in our kindalized world) on the disappearance and subsequent re-use of the written word. I recall when they got rid of the Libraries card catalogue system in favor of going digital. A Los Angeles artist gathered them up and plastered the sides of our central library elevator shaft with them. The elevator box?? was made clear on the sides so you could see them coming and going.

Photo Cache said...

whoa! that is incredibly creative. awesome.

btw you asked about the longest beach according to guinness. it's praia do cassino at 254 km.

Paz said...

I'm glad you reposted this, since I did not see it the first time. Thank you! I love it! :-D


TexWisGirl said...

that's just amazing! and brilliant!

guild-rez said...

Incredible pictures!!
Just the idea to use books for a fantastic and creative way to express the artist concepts is really awesome.
Thank you for sharing the pictures and information.
Have a wonderful Sunday,
my friend.

Linda said...

Awesome post, amazing pictures!

http://a-girl-and-her-books.blogspot.com/ said...

Grest post! Gostei muito :)

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