For several months, Martin Kollar roamed the roads of Europe and searched through his personal archives to bring together in a rich corpus his idea of the provisional – a difficult subject to address visually. Nevertheless, Kollar didn’t waver and, with Provisional Arrangement, offers us around thirty images that all, in their own way, explore the notion of temporary – and, implicitly, the far broader notion of memory in the process of (de)construction.
Provisional Arrangement is the concretization of Martin Kollar’s project submitted for the first Prix Elysée launched in 2014 with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier. For the book edition of his project, Martin Kollar chose London publishers MACK, joined by the Musée de l’Elysée to co-publish Provisional Arrangement. The book, designed by the artist himself alongside Grégoire Pujade-Lauraine, is his very own expression of the subject he tackles. The entire conception of the publication, from the choice of materials to the way in which the photographs appear, often in double page spreads, echoes the theme and gives it the perfect setting.
The book accompagnies the exhibition Provisional Arrangement on view form September 21 until December 31, 2016 at the Musée de l'Elysée.
Published by the Musée de l’Elysée and MACK (London)
20 x 25.5 cm, Hardcover, dos carré cousu, 64 pages, 35 colour photographs
Design : Grégoire Pujade-Lauraine & Martin Kollar
2 versions : French / English
Price CHF 35.-
IBSN (Fr) : 978-2-88350-112-6
ISBN (En) : 978-1-91016-450-1
Switzerland : Musée de l’Elysée / OLF (www.olf.ch)
French and English
International : MACK