In presenting an exhibition outside the confines of its home university, the College of Saint Benilde’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Design seeks to broaden its audience, encourage the exchange of ideas, and develop support for the artistic process. The entity set up to achieve these goals, MCAD Commons, has selected the show “Library of Unread Books,” being held at the First United Building in Escolta, to kick off the exhibition program. The eye-opening installation is a collaborative work by Heman Chong of Singapore and Renee Staal from the
Heman Chong and Renee Staal's Library of Unread Books, at its first installation venue, the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore.
The first viewing of the installation took place late last year in Singapore. A few months before the show opened, Chong posted this message on Facebook: “Allow your #sad, #neglected #volumes to take on a #newlife with #us! We are now #home to hundreds of #rescued #tomes from #dusty #shelves. #Share what you don’t #need with #someoneelse who might!” In
On display on the shelves are volumes that were unread and unappreciated by their original donors, all making you wonder about the reasons why. The show is open to the public, on one condition: to receive a “lifetime membership” to the library, a donation of one unread book is required. Runs until August 26 (closed on Mondays), 5th Floor, First United Building, 413 Escolta Street, Binondo; MCAD, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts Campus, Dominga Street, Malate, 230.5100
This story was originally published in the July 2017 issue of Town&Country.