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Libraries

“The Seven Bridges of Königsberg” is an elaboration of our open public libraries series. The library is was build outdoor in full scale while indoors a model of the library with photographic representation of the books was installed. The library’s design was based on a mathematical theory related to the ground configuration of the bridges in Königsberg which in turn determine the form of the library.
The mathematician Euler proved that one cannot cross all the bridges, each only once and, without gap or overlap, return to the point of origin. A further consequence of this design was that the library’s books could not be arranged by starting from A and ending in Z while all the shelves are full. In that respect it is a library which rejects the possibilities of an order. One might say it is an anarchist library. In other respects the piece corresponds to other library projects as a temporary library depending on book contributions from residents of the immediate vicinity. The choice of Königsberg is not accidental. Duisburg and Königsberg are sister cities and citizens of Duisburg have been following their less fortunate counterparts with concern following the 2nd World War. The work was originally exhibited in the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museums in the show: Kant Park, Duisburg

Clegg & Guttmann, The Moebius Library, 2004 , wood bookcase, 270 x 190 x 120 cm, Melk Abbey
Clegg & Guttmann, The Moebius Library, 2004 , wood bookcase, 270 x 190 x 120 cm, Melk Abbey

Wood bookcase, 270 x 190 x 120 cm, Melk Abbey

Clegg & Guttmann, Sha‘at’nez oder die verschobene Bibliothek, 2004, installation view at Sigmund-Freud-Museum, Vienna
Clegg & Guttmann, Sha‘at’nez oder die verschobene Bibliothek, 2004, installation view at Sigmund-Freud-Museum, Vienna
Clegg & Guttmann, Sha‘at’nez oder die verschobene Bibliothek, 2004, installation view at Sigmund-Freud-Museum, Vienna
Clegg & Guttmann, Sha‘at’nez oder die verschobene Bibliothek, 2004, installation view at Sigmund-Freud-Museum, Vienna
Clegg & Guttmann, Sha‘at’nez oder die verschobene Bibliothek, 2004, installation view at Sigmund-Freud-Museum, Vienna
Clegg & Guttmann, Sha‘at’nez oder die verschobene Bibliothek, 2004, installation view at Sigmund-Freud-Museum, Vienna

Installation views at Sigmund-Freud-Museum, Vienna

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Clegg & Guttmann

Michael Clegg and Yair Martin Guttmann were born in 1957 in Dublin and Jerusalem. They went to New York where they met at the School of Visual Arts in the class of Joseph Kosuth and have been working as an artist duo since 1980. In their photographs, installations, material collections, interviews and videos they explore and reinvent the genre of portraiture. They develop models for communication and collaboration that include and redifine the participation of the viewer.



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