Think of a museum that can travel with you, that could be placed on your desk or could be carried in
a pocket. Well that is what this exhibition is about. It is a yellow booklet sandwiched between nine
books. Museum Bhavan is the title of the book. It is divided into further 9 books which is a collection
The basic idea is to break the barriers of space. Is it necessary that art be enclosed within a space?
Dayanita believes that spaces may handicap the art. It is difficult to transport your art at times. But
when you can carry art in your pocket to the point of display what is there to worry about? She also
focuses on the fluidity of images. For example, the pictures in Museum of Photography is also that of
the Museum of the Departed. Hence multiple art could be fixed into two realms and two contexts.
Hene these are 9 little museums in book form held in a box. The nine museums are: museum of little
ladies, the file museum, museum of photography, museum of chance, museum of men, museum of
furniture, museum of vitrines, museum of departed and the printing press museum.The project was
done along with Steidl, a German publishing house.
About the Curator
Dayanita Singh is an artist whose use photography as the medium and book as the form. She
pursued Visual Communication from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and later did
Documentary Photography at the International Centre of Photography in New York.
She is also the author of 13 books some of which are: Zakir Hussain (1986), Myself, Mona
Ahmed (2001), Privacy (2003), and most recently, Museum Bhavan (2017). Her works have been
shown in several museums including TOP museum in Tokyo, MAST Bologna, and Art Institute of
Chicago. She has also exhibited at the 2nd Kochi Biennale, Sydney Biennale, and the Venice Biennale
in 2011 and 2013