Danh Vo: Hannah Arendt's Library

Danh Vo: Hannah Arendt's Library

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Hannah Arendt's Library is an artist book by Heinz Peter Knes, Danh Vo and Amy Zion. The project centers on the Arendt Ephemera Collection, housed at the Stevenson Library at Bard College, New York, and contains images of the various materials that were found within Arendt's books. Her library came to Bard in the late 1970s, and upon processing the collection each book that contained these "bookmarks" was given its own folder. As the system became more sophisticated, the pages between which the items were found were also noted in the folder. These materials range from an invoice for shoe repairs to several matchbook covers to an unpublished manuscript by a quantum physicist. The material traces Arendt's life as she is forced to leave Germany for France and land in the US as a refugee and later on as she traveled around Europe as a tourist and around the US as a teacher and intellectual. The back of each image contains an entry from the collection's finding aid, listing information about the folder in which it was found. 


Hannah Arendt's Library, 2012

Handmade clothbound clamshell box with letterpress on spine

9 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 2 1/4 in. (23.5 x 15.5 x 5.75 cm)

Edition of 250

376 pages