Duchamp and/or/in China

杜尚 与/或/在 中国

Client
UCCA 尤伦斯当代艺术中心

Service
书籍设计

Partner
丁凡/方建平

Team
CD:丁凡/方建平
D:方建平

"Duchamp and/or/in China" exhibited in UCCA is by far the most comprehensive display of Duchamp's artworks in China. Appointed by UCCA, UDL designed the documentary album for this splendid exhibition. The thick album is separated by a red thread in the middle into the top Chinese part and the bottom English part.

Taking off the red thread from the thumb page , up appears the hidden self portrait of Duchamp, and from the other side, you will find the structure and the actual book echoing the layout of the exhibition. The whole alum is tinted in scarlet all over to serve as a hint to the core artwork of this exhition: "Boîte-en-Valise (also named "Red Box"). 

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Client
UCCA 尤伦斯当代艺术中心

Service
书籍设计

Partner
丁凡/方建平

Team
CD:丁凡/方建平
D:方建平

Marcel Duchamp displaying his valise, 1942
(Time magazine, August 1942)
(photograph from Ecke Bonk, Marcel Duchamp: The Box in a Valise, Rizzoli, New York, 1989, p. 8)
Red Valise
目录页与书口的设计显示了书籍的内容结构

It's a simple fact that we sometimes judge books by their covers, and in this case i felt obliged to. While being a discrete and subtle piece of design, the book reached out to me through its calm sophistication and quiet confidence, from its simple and intriguing title to the soft-back leather binding.

The book succeeds as an object, with its reassuring Duchamp inspired physical presence, and a great attention to detail. Among many fine details, the designer has not only precisely matched the red colour of the soft leather cover to the edge printing of the pages(which is a challenge in itself), but has also managed to include a concealed fore-edge printed self-portrait silhouette of Duchamp himself.

The book content is a pleasure to navigate in dual language(English and Mandarin), carrying through the simple division from cover through to spreads.

During a time when many readers have succumb to consuming books digitally, this is a book design that captures your imagination and holds your interest. It's very encouraging to see that the craft of bookmaking in China is still very much alive and well, and be assured that i have prepared a place for this book on my carefully curated colour-coded book shelf.

Awards

2014  "The Beauty of Books in China" / China