The Musuem of Innocence


Huh, well I’ll be damned.  “In 1999, writer Orhan Pamuk bought a three story building in Istanbul to interact as a museum with his new novel, “Museum of Innocence,” a first of its kind of this application.  He hired an architect, Ihsan Bilgin, before he started the novel to transform the building into a museum where the novel and the museum criss cross each other in a love story between Kemal and Fusun, the main characters. In an autobiographical story, Kemal obsessively collects every object Fusun touches, in remembrance of their complex history into the Museum he builts… After nine years, both Book (Turkish and German print at this time) and the Museum are available.” 

Basically, the guy wrote a fictional book about a musuem that collects objects representing a love story and then went out and physically created the musuem in real life.  I somehow love this idea as a method of storytelling. 

As the author himself has said, “The museum is not an illustration of the novel and the novel is not an explanation of the museum. They are two representations of one single story perhaps.” [via]

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