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New New Testament

by Paul Chan

Edited by Isabel Friedli (German) and Karen Marta (English)


One of the most beautiful Swiss books of 2014

—Swiss Federal Office of Culture

"Best Book Design from all over the World"

—Bronze Metal, the Stiftung Buchkunst

Like all great art, the artist's book reflects its medium, the book. Boetti's "indication of source" is one of many great works of this genre. Paul Chan has added another one to the list.

—Hans Ulrich Obrist

New New Testament documents Paul Chan’s monumental project Volumes, a series of over one thousand paintings made out of dismantled book covers and the texts that complement each painting. A selection of Volumes premiered at Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany in 2012, but New New Testament is the first time all the paintings have been united in a single book. Each painting evokes how books and works of art—both considered objects of knowledge in the past—now exist in our digitally interconnected world chiefly as objects of search. The texts that accompany each painting are composed with bewildering combinations of phrases and lexical mark that reflect how historical distinctions between art, media, and celebrity culture are rapidly dissolving. Part King James Bible, Wittgenstein, and TMZ, each text embodies the spirit of this emerging dissolution. New New Testament is co-published by Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager, and Badlands on the occasion of the exhibition Paul Chan: Selected Works at Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland. With a foreward by Maja Oeri and an essay by art critic and historian Sven Lütticken.

Due to the length and unique nature of New New Testament, the ebook edition is divided into 8 individual publications. The links below are for each individual ebook on Apple and Amazon.

eBook 1 for Apple and Amazon

eBook 2 for Apple and Amazon

eBook 3 for Apple and Amazon

eBook 4 for Apple and Amazon

eBook 5 for Apple and Amazon

eBook 6 for Apple and Amazon

eBook 7 for Apple and Amazon

eBook 8 for Apple and Amazon


ISBN: 978-1-936440-44-3

1082 pages

7.75" x 10.75"


Paul Chan

Paul Chan is an artist who lives in New York. Chan is the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 2014, a biennial award honoring artists who have made a visionary contribution to contemporary art. A surve... more