Bureau of the Centre for the Study of Surrealism and Its Legacy
Museums’ attempts to classify and present the world in miniature inevitably mean that much of their collections are forgotten and marginalized. New York–based artist Mark Dion (b. 1961), renowned for his work exploring taxonomy, archaeology, and ecology, documents his opportunistic encounters with the Museum of Manchester’s neglected drawers and overlooked recesses that are 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. Finally back in print, Bureau of the Centre for the Study of Surrealism and Its Legacy, Dion’s humorous and fascinating project and book, is a repository for the detritus of museum life and a work in process, classifying the museum’s unclassifiable while exploring the bureaucratic workings of the institution. Dion is the recipient of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award (2008) and has internationally exhibited from the ICA Boston to the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Paris) and MoMA (New York) to Tate Modern (London). Wonderful contributions by Anna Dezeuze, Julia Kelly, and David Lomas.
5 x 9 ½ in. / 128 pp / Extensive b&w and color
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