Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich


Marc Camille Chaimowicz
The World of Interiors


One of the great artist monographs of our time. Disappearing from existance very quickly after its publication, this book fast became a very hard to find classic.
The publication was conceived and realized by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, French artist living in London (*1947), on the occasion of his solo exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Functioning as an all encompassing scrapbook reference catalogue of the history of the artist’s practice over nearly 30 years (almost a perfect folow-up artist book to Chaimowicz’s “Café Du Reve” from 1985), The World of Interiors is a perfectly reproduced issue of the famous World Of Interiors interior design magazine that has been beautifully détourned by Chaimowicz through inserting and collaging his patterns, drawings, writings, photographs, paintings, documentations of installations, sculptures, his own domestic interiors, furniture, objects, clippings from other magazines, references to Jean Cocteau, Proust, Flaubert, Eileen Grey, Jean Genet, Giacometti, and texts by contributing writers throughout its pages. Legend has it (and we have this from the best sources) that the publishers received a ‘cease and desist’ letter from World Of Interiors’ publisher Conde Nast and the majority of the print-run was ‘destroyed’, making this a very scarce and sought after book.

During the 1970s, Chaimowicz’s approach to performance, at a time when the norm was a more or less a political or corporeal engagement, was a lighter, more poetic concern with impermanence and evocation. Far from the noisy declarations of some of his contemporaries, his performances were opportunities for the spectators to negotiate their relation to art, and to reflect on their own position. His relation to music shares this interest in unstable states and possibilities.

Looking back over nearly 30 years of work, the artist conceived this publication as a reference monograph and a source catalogue, ranging from his first post-Pop scatter installations to works realized in the 1990s.

Published with the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich.
Awarded in the competition “The most beautiful Swiss books 2007.”

A fine example of a very collectable and special book.

* Condition: Very good – (Tight and clean copy with original protective plastic sleeve over dust jacket and only light shelf/reading wear) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Marc Camille Chaimowicz - The World of Interiors
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