Chris Blencowe, Judith Levine

Moholy's Edit

The Avant-Garde at Sea, August 1933

The book concerns the four-day cruise to the Aegean islands made by the "inner circle" of the International Congress of Modern Architecture (CIAM) and their friends during the 4th congress in August 1933. Structured around that sequence of Moholy-Nagy's film Architects' Congress dealing with the cruise, the book sheds light on this legendary event in the history of the European architectural and artistic avant-garde.

In addition the colourful and ironic six-page letter Moholy-Nagy wrote to his future wife Sibyl describing the "motley crew" and the barely-seaworthy "yacht" that brought them close to the brink of disaster, reveals exclusive insights. This document is being published in its entirety for the first time.

Together with a close study of Le Corbusier's sketches and notes in his carnet B5, all of these documents (and even more)—compiled by the authors with utmost care—reveal the preoccupations of the key personae including Sigfried Giedion, Fernand Léger, Amédée Ozenfant, Cornelis van Eesteren, Otto Neurath, and Le Corbusier himself, enabling a reconstruction of their epiphanies, discussions and estrangements at this critical moment in history. They give away a lot about the vital contribution to 20th century culture made by members of the Greek artistic community in Paris, such as Christian Zervos, publisher of Cahiers d'Art; Tériade, editor of the surrealist review Minotaure and publisher of Picasso; Michael Tombros, sculptor and publisher of 20th Century; and the painter Ghika.

Author(s): Chris Blencowe, Judith Levine
Design: Integral Lars Müller

15 × 24 cm, 6 × 9 ½ in
198 pages, 95 illustrations
2019, 978-3-03778-566-9, English
35,00 €