The 40,000 square foot exhibit extends into two floors of the museum and is presented in chapters, similar to a book, stepping through each era of his life with visuals, audio stories, and physical artifacts. Lyrics are displayed outside the Brooklyn Public Library which promotes the special exhibition.
“JAY-Z’s story is a uniquely Brooklyn story, and it’s a privilege to host this exhibit created as a labor of love by Roc Nation and the people who’ve known and worked with him over the years,” Brooklyn Public Library CEO Linda Johnson tells Rolling Stone she adds. “The Book of Hov and the limited-edition library card will attract new visitors to our branches, many of whom may not be familiar with the wide range of services we offer. Patrons can borrow vinyl records, musical instruments, sheet music, and even make their own music or podcast in our recording studio.” BPL also announced a limited edition release of library cards commemorating each of his 13 solo albums.
Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez revealed the exhibit cost millions of dollars. The process was built overnight since March and was produced and designed by Bruce and Shelly Rogers and New York-based design firm General Idea.
The entire exhibit is available on at thebookofhov.com, with detailed information.