Joëlle Tuerlinckx: Musée de la memoire ‘propriété universelle’ ®

An inventory catalogue of a museum by itself

Hopper & Fuchs, & Captures éditions, 2024


This artist’s book, a catalogue of a museum without walls, reads like an account of a work under construction in response to a commission in a former coalfield. Joëlle Tuerlinckx guides us through the studio’s archives, and through the development of a thought process and culminates in the inventory of the M.M. collection (‘Musée de la Mémoire’ or ‘Museum of Memory’). Building on the great classic of the inventory catalogue and encompassing ‘all of J.T.’s work’, she presents ‘a museum in itself’.

While the book is originally connected to ‘La Triangulaire de Cransac’, a monumental work of art in the small town of Aveyron, it also puts into perspective the evolution of the museum in its relationship with the artist and the book. Joëlle Tuerlinckx reminds us that if the museum is compared to a book because of its internal organisation, then a book can be compared to a museum because of its systematics and its method of contemplating the object.


ISBN: 9789464002393

584 vier-kleur pagina's, 29,5 x 24,5 cm, paperback, Frans