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THE BOOK ON THE FLOOR: ANDRE MALRAUX AND THE IMAGINARY MUSEUM. Translation of Andre Malraux und das imaginare Museum: Die Weltkunst im Salon (Verlag C.H. Beck, Munich, 2014). Walter Grasskamp. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2016. Distributed by University of Chicago Press. 240 pp. with 67 ills. 25 x 18 cm. LC 2016-10540 ISBN 9781606065013 In English.
Publisher's description: In 1954, the French writer, politician, and publisher Andre Malraux (1901-1976) posed at home for a photographer from the magazine Paris Match, surrounded by pages from his forthcoming book Le musee imaginaire de la sculpture mondiale. The enchanting metaphor of the musee imaginaire (imaginary museum) was built upon that illustrated art book, and Malraux was one of its greatest champions. Drawing on a range of contemporary publications, he adopted images and responded to ideas. Indeed, Malraux's book on the floor is a variation of photographer Andre Vigneau's spectacular Encyclopedie photographique de l'art, published in five volumes from 1935 on -- years before Malraux would enter this field. Both authors were engaged in juxtaposing artworks via photographs and publishing these photographs by the hundreds, but Malraux was the better sloganeer. Starting from a close examination of the photograph of Malraux in his salon, art historian Walter Grasskamp takes the reader back to the dawn of this genre of illustrated art book. He shows how it catalyzed the practice of comparing works of art on a global scale.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Photography, Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 174221
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