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Monday, January 23, 2012


(The cover of the book)

Published by Phaidon and conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors, The Art Museum is an imaginary museum housing the finest art collection ever assembled.

Unrestricted by the constraints of physical space its rooms display around 3,000 paintings, sculptures, frescos, photographs, tapestries, friezes, installations, performances, videos, woodblock prints, folding screens, ceramics and manuscripts that tell the history of world art.

This is the only museum to house Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, a collection of Rembrandt’s finest self portraits, Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Picasso’s Guernica as well as ceramics from China, Hokusai’s woodblock prints, gold artefacts from Peru, paintings from the caves at Lascaux and works by Cy Twombly and Brice Marden.

With colour-coded galleries, wall texts in each room that clearly explain the movement, culture or theme contained within, and explanatory labels for each work, The Art Museum is spacious, easy to get around, educational, inspiring and an exceptional visual feast.

Open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, this is the world’s first truly accessible art museum.

Created and curated by Phaidon, The Art Museum is 420mm by 320mm and has 992 pages with 3,000 colour illustrations. The Art Museum is an imaginary museum that you can “walk” through and admire the many works of arts in its pages. From paintings to ceramics, woodblock prints to gold artefacts, this museum has everything. It costs just under R1,000 and is available at major book stores. More information on email: