The Bureau Of The Centre For The Study Of Surrealism And Its Legacy / Mark Dion


Recalling the short-lived Bureau de Recherches Surréalistes of 1924−1925−part information center and public relations office, and part surrealist archive−American conceptual artist Mark Dion trawled through the Manchester Museum’s own collections and found the raw material for this book and a new installation for the museum.

Renowned for his work exploring taxonomy, archaeology, and ecology, in this publication, Dion documents opportunistic encounters with the Museum of Manchester’s neglected drawers and overlooked recesses, home to redundant labels, orphaned mounts, defunct teaching models, botanical freaks, Egyptian fakes, and the minutiae that have fallen through the cracks of museum practice and lain abandoned.

Museums’ attempts to classify and present the world in miniature inevitably mean that much of their collections are forgotten and marginalized. This volume is a repository for the detritus of museum life and a working process, classifying the museum’s un-classifiable whilst exploring the bureaucratic workings of the institution.

With essays by Anna Dezeuze, Julia Kelly and David Lomas

Designed by Axis Graphic Design Ltd.

Published by Book Works
Second edition, 2018

Softcover, 128 pages, color and b&w, 5.12 × 9.45 inches

ISBN: 978-1-90-601291-5

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