HANNAH ARENDT’S LIBRARYAmy Zion, Danh Võ, Heinz Peter Knes

Artist Book
Title: Hannah Arendt’s Library
Authors: Amy Zion, Danh Võ, Heinz Peter Knes
Date: 2012
Format: 23.5 x 15.5 x 5.75 cm
Pages: 376
Características: Handmade clothbound clamshell box with black letterpress on spine
Tiragem: Limited to 250 copies
Published by the authors

"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 in Special Collections at Stevenson Library, Bard College, NY, in which various materials that were found inside Arendt’s books are catalogued. Since the library came to Bard in the late 1970s, each book containing “bookmarks” was given its own folder, and as the system became more sophisticated, the pages between which the items were found was also noted in the folder. The material ranges from an invoice for shoe repairs to several matchbook covers to an unpublished manuscript by a quantum physicist. More importantly, the material traces Arendt’s life as she is forced to leave Germany for France and land in the US as a refugee; it continued to accumulate as she traveled around Europe later 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.