The German Library Pyongyang
In early 2016, the German Library in Guangzhou, China, was transformed into The German Library Pyongyang, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut. The temporary intervention by Amsterdam-based South Korean artist Sara van der Heide (b. 1977) is a re-imagining of the German Library into the Goethe-Institut’s library initiative. Devised as a way to discuss national cultural policy in a post–Cold War and postcolonial era, van der Heide’s project looks critically toward the parallel histories of Germany and the two Koreas, transcending thinking prescribed by nation-state, language and geography. Artistic, linguistic and graphic interventions in the library merge with the activities of the German learning center, including the replacement of all Chinese institutional printed matter with Korean texts. The softcover folio holds four slender exhibition booklets in German, Korean, English and Chinese, plus a reader with critical reflections by a variety of artists and musicians, exhibition and seminar documentation. Informative essays by Anselm Franke, Changho Choi and others.
English, Chinese, German & Korean
Softsleeve cover w/5 pamphlets
7 x 9 ½ in. / 80 pp / 35 b&w
Retail Price: $16.00