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Max Bill's View of Things

Max Bill's View of Things

Die Gute Form: An Exhibition 1949

by Claude Lichtenstein
Hardback
Publication Date: 01/12/2013
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The special exhibition Die gute Form, put on by the Swiss Werkbund (SWB) at the Basel trade fair in 1949, was an event that caused a furor far beyond Switzerland's borders. The renowned architect, designer, and graphic artist Max Bill was the mastermind behind the idea and personally selected the exhibits and designed their setting. Eighty exhibition panels showed consumer objects of exemplary design, from a teacup to the jet plane. Bill recognised the emerging, American-style commodity aesthetic that was making inroads into Switzerland and postwar Europe and sought to confront it with a specifically "Swiss" aesthetic shaped by a desire to create long-lasting forms. This publication documents Bill's initiative by presenting the 80 original exhibition panels, which are part of the design collection at the Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich, and Ernst Scheidegger's photographs of the installation places this famous design show in a theoretical and design-historical context, examines its background, and creates a link to the publishing house's first publication from 1983. 120 illustrations
ISBN:
9783037783726
9783037783726
Category:
Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-12-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Lars Muller Publishers
Country of origin:
Switzerland
Pages:
160
Dimensions (mm):
298x216x0mm
Weight:
0.88kg

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