It was to finish on 25 November, yesterday, but it is extended because of big success. Well done, it is really an interesting show. I had seen the Rijswijk part some time ago and last Saturday went with Mickey to the second, smaller and more specific part at the Meermano Museum, the House of Book as it is known. Here, the artists show works made or inspired by books and letters. In the exhibition, though not really part of it, is also shown a video about the making of the Mini-Library made in the Netherlands: the Bibliotheca Thurkowiana Minor. The Library includes 1515 miniature books, each approximately 7 cm high and their content is according to a classic library division like Natural History, Music, etc. The library’s design is based on the famous 17th and 18th century Dutch Puppet-houses, some of which can be seen at the Gemeente Museum in The Hague. The motto of the library is a quote from Cervantes’ Don Quichote: ‘Ellos son gigantes’, “They are giants”. The books are made by hand of course with tons of patience and quiet passion. Mickey was really impressed and did not want to leave before having seen the whole video of the man explaining and showing how this is done.
p.s. 1 The Meermanno Museum is also hit by the cutbacks in financing cultural institutions, a situation that will be felt from 2013.
p.s. 2 We did not take any photographs inside, only at the entrance; the work was also chosen for the poster