Arguably the most famous fashion designer of the 20th century, Christian Dior’s feminine fashions were desired, worn, and emulated by women around the world. This new publication by ROM Press explores the brilliance behind Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the entire Paris haute couture industry after the devastation of World War II. In 1947, the opening of the new couture house and the revolutionary “New Look” swept away the wartime masculine silhouette making ...
Frank Gehry and Hans Scharoun never met each other – and yet two of their most famous buildings are closely linked: Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (2003) and the Berlin Philharmonie by Scharoun (1963). Taking these buildings as the starting point, the exhibition and catalogue examine the relationship between the two architects.
Uta Reinhardt’s pictorial creations invite a wide range of interpretations. Human and animal chimeras encounter each other as in an alliance and create their own unique world. The scenic compositions seduce us with their lively colours and the light recorded with dynamic brushstrokes.
Admired by contemporaries as an artistic “jack-of-all-trades”, Koloman Moser (1868–1918) is regarded today as one of the most important representatives of the Viennese Secession of around 1900. As a graphic artist and designer Moser was unparalleled in his artistic diversity, creating furniture, textiles, and objects – for the Wiener Werkstätte among others – that are icons of Modernism, as well as leaving behind an impressive oeuvre of paintings.
Anna-Eva Bergman (1909–1987) is regarded as one of the most important painters of the 20th century in Norway, long overshadowed by her husband, the painter Hans Hartung. For the first time her late work from 1973 up to her death in the Antibes is presented in a concentrated selection of approximately 35 paintings and drawings.
Stella Hamberg is an exceptional figure in contemporary sculpture. Starting out from a reflected contemporary vocabulary of forms, her sculptures feature mainly human figures, but also animals, suffused with an elemental intensity that comprises self-assertion and vitality as well as failure and death.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder is considered the greatest Netherlandish graphic artist of the 16th century. Even during his lifetime his drawings were highly regarded and many were widely distributed as references for copperplate engravings. Drawing on the pictorial tradition of earlier generations of artists, Bruegel introduced completely new ideas with regard to both subject and form.
Rapunzel, the famous fairy-tale character of the Brothers Grimm, comes from the world of magic. She is the girl, lover, woman and mother who escapes from imprisonment. Elke Härtel awakens Rapunzel to new life, modelled in clay and then cast in plaster and bronze. The publication documents the fascinating process of creation with lavish illustrations.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) is one of the most important artist personalities of the twentieth century; many of his works have become icons of Expressionism. Vacillating between self-doubt and egocentricity, the artist created an incomparably multi-faceted oeuvre with a remarkable instinct for the trends and imbalances of his time.
Egon Schiele (1890–1918) is nowadays regarded as one of the leading pioneers of Modernism in Austria. Although he already enjoyed some success during his lifetime and came to be considered Austria’s greatest artist following his death, his outstanding importance for art was recognized only in the early 1950s.
The twins Gert & Uwe Tobias are among the most famous German artists in the field of printed graphics; their international success has taken them as far as New York and the Museum of Modern Art. To this day their inimitable signature has lost nothing of its radical approach. Their most recent group of works, GRISAILLE, matches up to the promises inherent in the artists’ reputation.
Franz von Stuck’s erotic paintings, especially “Die Sünde” (Sin), were controversial not only because of the choice of subject; his image concept and the way he presented the Munich Secession set the standard, particularly for Vienna. The catalogue offers an opportunity to examine von Stuck’s works as a whole and in relation to each other.
Max Mannheimer (* 1920) survived the Holocaust as a Jew in a concentration camp. His moving life history has been published in several books in different languages. However, few people are aware of his paintings, which were created under his Hebrew name “ben jakov”. This volume assembles a selection of 70 of his works.
The painter Peter Schermuly (1927–2007) created works of an artful reality whose meticulously detailed concreteness is the expression of pure painting. This catalogue raisonné makes accessible his entire oeuvre of oil paintings and sketches as well as wall designs. It presents an art that carved out space for itself contrary to all trends.
For more than thirty years the Tegernsee artist Herbert Beck (1920–2010) created numerous small watercolours which he himself called his miniatures. They arose from scraps of paper on which the painter, while working, wiped off his dripping paintbrush. Out of these random colour combinations Herbert Beck created small compositions in their own right, depicting atmospheric landscapes or expressive figures.
Modernist sculptor Alexander Archipenko, (born 1887, Kiev; died 1964, New York City) has been called the “Picasso of Sculpture” for the Cubist elements he introduced to create a new way of looking at the human figure. This deeply personal biography written by his artist wife during his last eight years, casts a new light on this extremely productive, innovative, but little-known period of his career.
This attractively designed publication documents the work of Hirmer Verlag during the past 65 years. Since 1948 a total of over 1,100 titles have appeared under this brand name. True to the motto “Art books that set standards,” the publishers have always worked in the service of art, upholding their determination to maintain the very highest quality. A book about those who make books and those who sell them, about book art and art books, about partnership with museums and loyalty ...
Today Egon Schiele (1890–1918) is celebrated as an artist at the forefront of the international stage, although he spent almost his entire life in Lower Austria and Vienna. This publication uses the most recent sources and previously unpublished photographs to show how Schiele developed essential elements of his expressive art and how influential it remains to this day.