The publication accompanies the exhibition READ, organized in 2023-24 by Kunsthalle Praha, the first major presentation of work by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset in the Czech Republic. The exhibition reflects on the relationship between books and artmaking. Designed as a minimalist version of a modern public library, it also questions our relationship with physical books and knowledge in the age of digital media. Between and within the custom-made bookshelves in the galleries, Elmgreen & Dragset present recent and new sculptures alongside artworks from several contemporary artists colleagues and key works from the Kunsthalle Praha collection. READ includes performance, video, collage and painting as well as sculpture and installation art. 

The extensive exhibition publication includes contributions from renowned scholars and a curatorial text by Elmgreen & Dragset themselves, ranging in themes from the history of Czech Samizdat publishing to the current challenges to books, libraries and freedom of speech in the digital era. The exhibition project and its focus on the dynamic relationship between language, books, and art will be documented through this richly illustrated catalog. 

Elmgreen & Dragset 
Texts: Paul Benzon, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ivana Goossen, Christelle Havranek, Michal Přibáň, Barbora Ropková 
Graphic design: Anežka Minaříková, Marek Nedelka 

Number of pages: 288 
Dimensions: 190 × 265 mm 
Binding: softcover 
Language: English 
ISBN: 978-80-908875-0-3 

Publishers: Kunsthalle Praha, DCV 
Release: January 2024