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Dayanita Singh will be launching Museum Bhavan across Europe this September. Museum Bhavan is a boxed set of nine miniature concertina-form books printed at Steidl in Germany, contained in a special handmade box from India. Each book has a different theme from Singh’s archive, from intimate portraits to the human presence in long-used machinery and furniture.
11 September: Museum of Innocence, Istanbul
15 September: Bildband Bookshop, Berlin with Stephanie Rosenthal
26 September: MiCamera, Milan
27 September: Christoph Schifferli Space, Zurich
28 September: Le Bal Books, Paris with Pascal Beausse
30 September: Tate Modern, London with David Campany and Stephanie Rosenthal
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo
20 May – 17 July 2017
Museum Bhavan will consist of two parts: an introductory section presenting Singh’s earlier works, such as Myself Mona Ahmed (1989-2000), I Am As I Am (1999- ), and her landmark work Sent a Letter (2007). The second part will feature later works, including her ‘Museums’ project which is being shown in Japan for the first time.
11 December 2016 – 21 February 2017
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
Suitcase Museum is a collection of 44 objects from Dayanita Singh’s Museum of Chance (Steidl, 2015). Two suitcases make up this museum, encouraging the future form of the museum and both condensing and expanding its boundaries. In her work, Singh challenges traditional and existing concepts of photography and pushes the medium to speak through other forms like the book, the museum and the archive.
At the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, which inspired Dayanita Singh early in her career, she appropriates the Museum’s syntax and structure, its formal as well as its ideological function to present new ways of looking at and engaging with objects.
Museum of Machines: Photographs, Projections, Volumes
12 October 2016 – 8 January 2017
MAST (Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia), Bologna
The MAST Foundation in Bologna presents for the first time in Italy a major solo exhibition of works by Dayanita Singh, one of the most important figures in contemporary photography. Curated by Urs Stahel, the exhibition takes its name from the work Museum of Machines, a recent acquisition of Collection MAST. The exhibition features approximately 300 photographs divided into series – as well as Museum of Machines, it will feature Museum of Industrial Kitchen, Office Museum, Museum of Printing Press, Museum of Men, File Museum and some other works – which speak of work and production, life, its daily management, and its storage.
MMK Frankfurt am Main
Until 4 September 2016
The Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt are currently exhibiting Dayanita Singh’s work as part of a show which combines recent acquisitions from MMK, Centre Pompidou & Tate.
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