Michael Landy  Break Down Inventory

Ridinghouse 2002
£15  |  $39.95

23 × 17 cm  |  9 1/4 × 6 3/4 in
300 pp
ISBN: 978 1 905464 01 8

Over a three-year period, Michael Landy made an inventory of over 7000 items that he owned. This volume catalogues these objects which he subsequently destroyed at a London- based department store in February 2001.

British artist Michael Landy’s ambitious art installation Break Down was presented in the former C&A department store on Oxford Street, London, over a fourteen-day period. Having taken three years to compile 7,227 items, a team of operatives and a large machine reduced the entire contents to mere powder.


Classified into ten different categories – Artworks, Clothing, Equipment, Furniture, Kitchen, Leisure, Motor Vehicle, Perishables, Reading Material and Studio Material – this volume presents an extraordinary and, at times, intensely biographical inventory list of all items destroyed.

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