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. He retraces the metaphor to earlier reproduction practices and highlights its ubiquity in contemporary art, ending with an homage to the other pioneer of the âmuseum without walls,â the unjustly forgotten Vigneau.
About: In 1954, the French writer, politician, and publisher AndrÃ© Malraux (1901â1976) posed at home for a photographer from the magazine Paris Match, surrounded by pages from his forthcoming book Le musÃ©e imaginaire de la sculpture mondiale.
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