MCAD Commons: The Library of Unread Books

29 June – 26 August 2017
Tuesdays to Saturdays
FIRST | Coworking Community
Rm 502 & 506, First United Bldg,
413 Escolta St, Binondo, Manila

Exhibition Opening Night

Thursday, 29 June 2017
4.00pm – 8.30pm

FIRST | Coworking Community
Rm 502 & 506, First United Bldg,
413 Escolta St, Binondo, Manila



Artist’s Talk with Heman Chong 4.00pm
with live performance of Words, They, Wrote

Exhibition Opens 6.00pm

The second iteration of a ten-year-long project, The Library of Unread Books develops from the artist’s deep-seated longing for books. Open to the public, the reference library is made up of donated books that are unread by their previous owners. By receiving and revealing that which people choose not to read, the Library is the result of a collective gesture that traces the perimeters of unwanted knowledge.

Membership to The Library of Unread Books is the cost of one book donation. In donating one your own unread books, you gain lifetime membership and access to the library which pops up in different institutions across the globe over 10 years, before settling down as part of a collection in a museum.

Various activities are also scheduled to take place at the library as part of MCAD’s Public Programs. Follow MCAD Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.


About MCAD Commons

MCAD Commons is an exhibition programme of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila. It is conceptualised as a programmed space that is removed from the main gallery space of the museum.

Conceived as a project to continue the expanding activities of the museum, MCAD Commons brings MCAD’s singular programming to a larger audience that allows for the engagement with creative development, ideas exchange, and support of the artistic process across the areas of research, art practice, and curatorial discourse.

Following the thinking that art responds to its context, the choice of space is developed in-step with the creative formation of the show rather than as a passive, neutral container. The varied formations of the projects will tie in with the publics that sustains the site and the process of art making.