For sure worth a visit whenever you're in The Hague between now and November 25 this year: the installation by Spanish artist Alicia Martin at the Museum Meermanno. Alicia Martin attracts people passing by the museum in The Hague with her book assemblages, made of hundreds of donated, secondhand books. The installation looks like a waterfall of books frozen in mid-flow. Outside, exposed to wind and weather, where books are normally not seen. All books were donated by the public after an appeal made by Museum Meermanno and will be properly recycled. Alicia Martin is one of 14 paper artists participating in the International Paper Biennial 2012 that runs from September 1 to November 25th.
The Meermanno Museum, housed in a stately 19th century townhouse, is a gem of a museum dedicated to the history of the book in Western culture. The museum has a collection of books from all periods of Western history. Medieval manuscripts, their manufacture, restoration, and accompanying research are one of the most important features of the collection. The museum also collects books printed from 1850 to the present day. The shape and design of the books are the central theme. Rotating exhibitions show various parts of the overall collection. The museum owns the largest collection of bookplates in the Netherlands and you can see an old fashioned movable-type printing press.
Tijdens de Museumnacht 2012 werd bij Museum Meermanno de metershoge boekeninstallatie van Alicia Martin onthuld. De Spaanse kunstenares heeft al op meerdere plekken in de wereld haar boekenkunstwerk gemaakt, maar het was voor het eerst dat de bevolking was gevraagd om oude boeken te doneren voor de installatie. Het kunstwerk is nog tot en met november 2012 te zien als onderdeel van de Internationale Papier Biënnale 2012.