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The book on the floor: André Malraux and the imaginary museum

The book on the floor: André Malraux and the imaginary museum

Grasskamp, Walter, author; Elliott, Fiona, 1951- translator

In 1954, the French writer, politician, and publisher André 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 'The 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. 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

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Los Angeles: The Getty Research Institute, [2016]
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Statement of responsibility: Walter Grasskamp ; translated by Fiona Elliott
ISBN: 1606065017, 9781606065013
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Translated from the German.
Note: Includes bibliographical references, filmography and index.
Physical Description: 232 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 25 cm
Subject: Art criticism; Art and Design.; Art publishing History 20th century.; Art history; Malraux, André, 1901-1976 Criticism and interpretation.; Photography of art History 20th century.; Vigneau, André, 1892-; Publishing
Uniform Title: André Malraux und das imaginäre Museum. English