The so-called Idiom, a column made of 8,000 books, has been present in the vestibule of the Central Library at Mariánské Square since 1998. The author of the Idiom, sometimes dubbed the “Column of Knowledge“, is the Slovak artist Matej Krén.
During the 18 years of its existence, the Idiom book tower has become an
integral part of the hall of the Central Library, drawing the attention of
tourists and locals alike. It has even made it into the Lonely Planet guide and
has been reproduced on the cover of Science magazine.
Matej Krén is a world famous Slovak artist. He was born on
20 April 1958 in Trenčín, and he graduated from the
Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and the Academy of Fine Arts in
Prague. In his work, he uses books as a building material, from which he creates
his sculptural objects and spatial installations. To Krén, the book, as an
object with multiple meanings, is a fitting basic structural element, which
prompts numerous associations and is deeply rooted within the subconscious. His
work follows problems that exist beyond the book, yet the book provides him with
an expressive metaphor and a vehicle for the problems to be depicted. Matej
Krén forms books into objects or installations that may be entered or spatial
situations that influence the observer. The artist communicates with the
spectator and the installations he creates allow them to get first-hand
experience of everything.
Warning! You may only take pictures of or film the Idiom for your own needs
and without using the tripod. Please do not touch the work of