“I vastly enjoy making catalogues – a form of cinema-making – image and text in book-form. The entire book is the film, the pages are the frames, titles at the front, credits at the end, schedules of progression and sequence throughout. The flicking over of the pages is the film flicking through the projection-gate. And for the most part, for me, the images are seen against black – the darkness of cinemas.
Not remotely thinking that there could be a series, the first catalogue was manufactured for a Rotterdam Museum Exhibition called The Physical Self.
Then, making the three films of The Tulse Luper Suitcases around 2002 to 2005 - as a tentative all-time encyclopedia in content and all-media-form – film, theatre, television, exhibition, installation, website and library, held together by the dominance of the number 92(the atomic number of uranium - the origin of nuclear power) the desire to make exactly 92 text-image catalogues came into being.
Each catalogue was to be the permanent memory of an exhibition, film or installation. From 2005 the ambition became regulated to making uniform catalogues, each with 92 pages and a regular form of a certain width and height, though the bindings, page layouts, texts and image presentation within this structure could be different and various. This need for regularity meant finding a number identity for all the back catalogues, and the official numbering (on the back or the inside back cover of each catalogue) starts at catalogue number 20. By 2015 there were 31 catalogues, with 61 to go. Ambitiously we press on.”
Number 01 THE PHYSICAL SELF, 94 pages, 906918088X. Boymans-van-Beuingen Museum, Rotterdam, 1992
Number 02 FLYING OUT OF THIS WORLD,206 pages, 978-0226306377. Louvre Parti-Pris Exhibition of Drawings, Paris, 1992.
Number 03 100 OBJECTS TO REPRESENT THE WORLD, 978-3775703871. 100 Objects to Represent the World Exhibition, Vienna Hoffburg, 1993
Number 04 WATCHING WATER, 97 pages, 978-8843545506. Exhibition at the Palazzo Fortuny. Electa, Milan,1993
Number 05 SOME ORGANISING PRINCIPLES, 978-0903189514. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Exhibition, (Welsh & English)Swansea, South Wales, 1993.
Number 06 THE AUDIENCE OF MACON, 48 pages, 978-1872771090. Exhibition of Film-Stills Portraits, Cardiff, Wales, 1993
Number 07 THE STAIRS GENEVA: Part 1 Exhibition of Film Language: Locations, 228 pages,
978-1858940106. (French & English) Merrell Holberton, London, 1994.
Number 08 PROSPERO’S BOOKS IN PICTURES, Tokyo, 1994.
Number 09 THE STAIRS MUNICH 1: PROJECTION FRAMES. Exhibition of Film Language: Projection. Curated Elisabeth Schweeger Merrell Holberton London, 1995
Number 10 THE STAIRS MUNICH 2: 100 PROJECTIONS, 144 pages, 978-1858940229. Exhibition of Film Language: Projection. Curated by Elisabeth Schweeger Merrell Holberton, London, 1995
Number 11 100 OBJECTS TO REPRESENT THE WORLD, 978-9111204668. Change Performing Arts, Milan 1997
Number 12 100 OBJETONS, Rio de Janeiro, 1998
Number 13 FLYING OVER WATER IN SPAIN, 112 pages, 978-1858940335. Exhibition Curated by Rosa Maria Malet. Miro Foundation Exhibition, Barcelona, 2001
Number 14 TULSE LUPER IN TURIN, 128 pages, 978-8890199608. Domenico Gaetano. Volumina Productions, Turin 2002
Number 15 FLYING OVER WATER IN SWEDEN, 119 pages, 978-9177040910. Exhibition Curated by Bera Nodel. Malmo Konstall, Malmo 2003
Number 16 FORT ASPEREN ARK Exhibition of Noah’s Flood, 92 pages, 978-9086900145. Idea Books, Amsterdam, 2005
Number 17 CHILDREN OF URANIUM Theatre Catalogue, 120 pages, 978-8881586097. Change Performing Arts, Milan Charta, 2006
Number 18 SEX & DEATH IN ZWOLLE Street Installation/Exhibition, 92 pages. Verijssel, Zwolle, 2008
Number 19 NIGHTWATCHING - REMBRANDT’SJ’ACCUSE Projection Event.Idea Books, Amsterdam, 2006
Number 20 LEONARDO’S LAST SUPPER Projection Event Change Performing Arts, 160 pages, 978-8881586912. Charta, Milan, 2008
Number 21 THE WEDDING AT CANA Projection Event, 92 pages, 978-8881587575. Change Performing Arts, Charta, Milan, 2010
Number 22 THE TULSE LUPER SUITCASES A Book of Drawings, 92 pages, 978-8881588145. Arminio Sciolli Locarno Rivellino/CPA, Milan, 2010
Number 23 AN ALPHABETICAL GREENAWAY Academy of Fine Arts, 90 pages, 978-8392969792. Gdansk, 2010
Number 24 ITALY OF THE CITIES: SHANGHAI EXPO Projection, 340 pages, 978-8857208855. Event Change Performing Arts, Milan. Skira Publications 2011
Number 25 HEAVY WATER Catalogue for an Exhibition. Change Performing Arts, Milan/Tel Aviv 2011
Number 26 GOLTZIUS & THE PELICAN COMPANY Moscu Copel, 92 pages, 978-9736683527. Ibu Publishing, Romania 2013
Number 27The Dance of Death, Matthias BuschleVerein Totentanz, 92 pages 3856166343 Christoph Merian Verlag 2013
Number 28 The Towers: Lucca Hubris, 88 pages, 978-8836629268 Change Performing Arts, Milan 2014
Number 29 I AM ISAAC 2015 Exhibition Gehorsom/ Obedience, 978-3735600677. An exhibition by Saskia Boddeke and Peter Greenaway, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Kerber Verlag 2015
Number 30 EISENSTEIN AZTEC GHOSTS Arminio Sciolli. Locarno Rivellino 2015
Number 31 THE CITIES OF THE PLAIN Arminio Sciolli. Locarno Rivellino 2015
Scripts & Fictions
Joseph, 128 pages, 978-2-914563-89-5. Dis Voir, Paris 2016
The OK Doll, 72 pages,978-2914563703.Dis Voir, Paris 2014
The Food of Love, 64 pages, 978-2914563697. Dis Voir, Paris 2014
Writing to Vermeer, 87 pages, 9050821138. De Nederlanse Opera, Amsterdam 2004
Luper at Compton Verney, 136 pages,0-9546545-4-4. Compton Verney, Warwickshire 2004
The Draughtsman Contract - Script, 128 pages, 978-2906571716 Dis Voir, Paris 2003 OUT OF STOCK
Gold. 92 bars in a crashed car - Script, 240 pages, 978-2914563167. Dis Voir, Paris 2002
8,5 women / huit femmes et demie - script, 128 pages, 978-2906571830. Dis Voir Paris 1999
A Zed and Two Noughts -script, 128 pages, 978-2906571695. Dis Voir, Paris 1998
Drowning by Numbers - script 128 pages 978-2906571709. Dis Voir, Paris 1998
The Belly of an Architect - script, 128 pages, 978-2906571687. Dis Voir, Paris 1998
Christopher Kolumbus - Script, 106 pages,no isbn. Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Berlin 1998 OUT OF STOCK
The Pillow Book - script, 128 pages, 978-2906571474. Dis Voir, Paris 1996
The Baby of Mâcon, 128 pages, 978-2906571350. Dis Voir, Paris 1994
The Falls -Script, 128 pages, 978-2906571327. Dis Voir, Paris 1993
Rosa, 118 pages, 978-2906571303. Dis Voir, Paris 1993
Watching Water, 98 pages, 978-8843545506. Electa Editions 1993
Papers, 128 pages, 978-2906571204. Dis Voir, Paris 1991
Prospero's Books: A Film of the Shakespeare's The Tempest, 168 pages, 978-0941423601. Four Walls Eight Windows, 1991
Prospero's Books, 168 pages, 978-0701137595. Chatto & Windus, London 1991
The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover/ Le Cuisinier, le Voleur, sa femme et son Amant, 128 pages, 978-290657113X. Dis Voir, Paris 1989
Fear of Drowning by Numbers, 154 pages, 2906571075. Dis Voir, Paris 1988
Drowning by numbers, 128 pages 2-906-571-70-9. Dis Voir, Paris 1988
"The Historians is an ambitious one hundred-part literary project started in 2000 to celebrate the start of the millenium – one hundred books of history to set forth the idea that “There is no such thing as History, there are only Historians”.
To quote from the blurb of the first published book – Volume 39. The Rise and Fall of Gestures Drama:
“Among the arbiters of this grand history, conceived “lest we should forget,” written to encourage the desire and necessity for vigorous continuity, are a large and motley collection of historians, all with vested special interests, all determined to stave off forgetfulness and mortality. Among the tiles of the 100 books in the series are histories of toys, games, cripples, towers, conceptions, diseases, maps, tics, red hats, adulteries, journeys to see the sea, languages, names, gardens, acts of violence, pricks, griefs and ghosts.It may be that items and events that have already occurred in the history of the world as we know it in the last eight thousand years, might be perceived and recognised, though seeminlgy distorted, re-imagined, viewed through a mirror or a mist, indeed entirely reset with different outcomes; and it might be that among the historians themselves, we might recognise a fictionalised Carlo Ginsberg, a Macaulay, a Carlyle and a Gibbon or a Raleigh, if not perhaps a Tacitus or a Livy.If it was necessaery to summon with a very quick resume, this ambitious project, it might be profitable simply to say here indeed is copious evidence, if we should need it, to repeat that “there is no such thing as history, there are only historians” and even to repeat that well-known saying that, “History is only a branch of Literature”.
The progress is painstaking and every one of the planned 100 historieshas been started and in many cases are far advanced. One - Volume 39. The Rise and Fall of Gestures Drama was published in English and French in 2007.
The Historians Book 39: The Rise & Fall of Gestures Drama, 96 pages, 9782914563314. Dis Voir, Paris 2007
Almost ready for publication are:
Volume 00. Conceptions.
Volume 04. Toys
Volume 76. Clouds
Volume 95. All Those Already Dead.
All volumes of the Historians are published by DisVoir of Paris
BOoks on Greenaway
Peter Greenaways Filme (German), by Detlef Kremer, 229 pages, 978-3476013453. Metzler Stuttgart 1995
The world of Peter Greenaway, by Leon Steinmetz, 176pages, 978-1885203120. Journey Editions Boston 1995
Peter Greenaway. Il cinema delle idee (Italian), by Allessandro Bencivenni / Anna Samueli, 180 pages, 978-8880120407. Le mani microarts, Genoa 1996
Being naked, playing dead: the art of Peter Greenaway, by Alan Woods , 320 pages, 978-0719047725. Manchester University Press 1997
Ubicuidades y artificios : Peter Greenaway (Spanish), Magali Arriola, David Huerta, Maria Virginia Jaua, 65 pages, isbn unknown. Museo Rufino Tamayo Mexico 1997
Peter Greenaway Museums & Moving Images, by David Pascoe, 248 pages, 978-1861890054. Reaktion BooksLondon1997
Peter Greenaway Architecture and Allegory, by Bridget Elliot & Anthony Purdy, Academy Editions, New York 1997
Le grand atelier de Peter Greenaway (French), by Michel Cieutat, 236 pages, 978-2840660293. Strasbourg University 1998
Peter Greenaway artworks 63-98, by Paul Melia & Alan Woods, 160 pages, 978-0719056246. Manchester University Press 1998
100 Allegories pour représenter le monde, by Peter Greenaway, Jean-Louis Hess, René Noël, 978-2876601956. Adam Biro Paris 1998
Peter Greenaway Artworks 1999(Spanish), Dirección General de Promoción Cultural, 109 pages, 978-8445325414. Casa da Parra, Galacia 1999
Peter Greenaway Interviews, Edited by Vernon Gras & Marguerite Gras, 238 pages, 978-1578062553.University Press of Mississippi 2000
Peter Greenaway: Prospero's Books - Critical Essays (Flemish),Edited by Christel Stalpert,224 pages, 978-9076645025, University of Gent 2000
Artworks: Peter Greenaway(Italian),Edizioni Lindau, Parma 2000 Out of Stock
Maps to Paradisefrom Ljubljana (czech), Edited by Barbara Novakovic, 191 pages, 9789619083024. Zbirka Museum 2001 Out of Stock
Peter Greenaway's books(Czech),by Barbara Novakovic Kolenc, 108 pages, 9789619083017.Ljubljana Press Slovakia 2001 Out of Stock
Peter Greenaway's Postmodern/Poststructuralist Cinema, Edited by Paula Willoquet Maricondi, .Scarecrow Press inc New York 2001
Peter Greenaway artworks ’63-’99 (Hungarian),meo. Contemporary Art Collection, Budapest 2002 Out of Stock
Luper at Compton Verney, Edited by John Leslie, 136 pages, 978-0954654542. Compton Verney Trust 2004
Greenaway Artworks ’63-’05, by Peter Greenaway, Paul Melia, Leonidas-Phoebus Koskos, Artemis Potamianou, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece 2005
Peopling the Palaces, by Peter Greenaway, 334 pages, ISBN unknown. Volumina, Torino 2007
Peter Greenaway: Film, Video, Installation (Italian), by Domenico de Gaetano, 284 pages, ISBN unknown. Lindau Torino 2008
Lo Zoo di Peter Greenaway (Italian). Commune di Reggio Emilia Italy 2009 Out of Stock
Peter Greenaway Une Provocation Raffinée. Cinematheque de Nice 2009 Out of Stock
Roundtrip with Suitcase (Italian and English).Faffaele Scolari il rivellino ldv Locarno 2011