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  • Paradis magazine was created in 2008 by art director Thomas Lenthal and writer Jonathan Wingfield. Potential Museums is the seventh issue of Paradis, specially edited by scholar Donatien Grau.

    This issue was born from an evidence: all museums follow the same pattern. The request sent to all participants was to invent a new museum. Their contribution could take any form, any length they wanted: an essay, a series of images, a fiction, a poem, a drawing, a whole project.

    Over the last few years, museums have been granted a more important place than they ever had. When the Grand Louvre opened in the early 1990s, two million visitors a year were expected. Two decades later, nearly ten million visitors enter the Louvre every year. The great museums of the past host more visitors than they ever did. And, all around the world, new museums keep being founded at a fast pace. They have become a genre in its own right, and an object of desire for today’s culture.

    Featuring six different covers, this book-size issue brings together over fifty contributions from some of the world’s cultural luminaries, across design, art, film, history, literature, and science. From a ‘Museum of Nuances’ to a ‘Museum of Frogs’, from a ‘Museum of Non-Verbal Communication’ to an ‘Island’, from celebrated authors to the late couturier Azzedine Alaïa, every museum is a window open into a new world, which is given to us to experience.

    In this issue:

    Our guest editor Donatien Grau asked 54 contributors to invent a new museum:

    Azzedine Alaia
    Mathias Augustyniak
    Manuel J. Borja-Villel
    Pablo Bronstein
    Francesco Clemente
    Sir Timothy Clifford
    Emanuele Coccia
    Joshua Cohen
    Philippe Costamagna
    Douglas Coupland
    Keren Cytter
    Chris Dercon
    Edouard Derom
    Edmund de Waal
    Anthony of Offay
    Geoff Dyer
    Jas Elsner
    Douglas Gordon
    Camille Henrot
    Alex Israel
    Dakis Joannou
    Alejandro Jodorowsky
    Harold Koda
    Wayne Koestenbaum
    Ben Lerner
    Hilary Lloyd
    Mara McCarthy
    Paul McCarthy
    Tom McCarthy
    Jonas Mekas
    Alessandro Mendini
    Philippe de Montebello
    Aram Moshayedi
    Hans-Ulrich Obrist
    Charlemagne Palestine
    Raymond Pettibon
    Joachim Pissarro
    Maël Renouard
    Amanda Renshaw
    David Rimanelli
    Israel Rosenfield
    Olivier Saillard
    Dimitar Sasselov & Sheila Doran-Sasselov
    Luigi Serafini
    Juergen Teller
    Adam Thirlwell
    Caroline Thompson
    Luc Tuymans
    Kaari Upson
    Philippe Vergne
    Oriol Vilanova
    Marina Warner
    Richard Wentworth
    Jordan Wolfson

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