Before Publication
Montage in Art, Architecture, and Book Design
Edited by Nanni Baltzer, Martino Stierli

Essays by Richard Anderson, Doris Berger, Reto Geiser, Jason E. Hill, Olivier Lugon, Antonio Somaini, Adrian Sudhalter and Robert Wiesenberger.
Introduction by Nanni Baltzer and Martino Stierli.


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Photographer Ed Ruscha, designer Muriel Coopers, and Dadaist Tristan Tzara reflect about the practice of montage in art, architecture, and book design. Before publication, a book assumes its final form in which it is experienced by its audience. Naturally, this audience is often oblivious to the many sometimes complex decisions involved in constructing visual meaning through the montage of different ideas and elements, but the book is always to some extent a conception, or mediated presentation.

Design, Theory / History / Criticism
The contributors to Before Publication consider the construction of visual meaning through montage, with each essay taking as its starting point a particular artifact—from Ed Ruscha’s photobook Every Building on the Sunset Strip to works by Sergei Eisenstein, Muriel Cooper, and Marshall McLuhan to Tristan Tzara’s unpublished Dadaglobe anthology. A common theme threading throughout the texts is the relationship between privacy and publicity. A concise introduction by the book’s editors, Nanni Baltzer and Martino Stierli, places the eight exemplary artifacts in context and discusses the broader subject of montage in art, architecture, and book design.

Nanni Baltzer (1971–2019) was an art historian, specializing in the history of photography and holding a research and teaching position on the history and theory of photography at the University of Zurich. She was a research assistant at the ETH Zurich, at the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montréal, and at the Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio. She was Assistant Director at the 9th International Biennale for Architecture in Venice 2004.
Martino Stierli is The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, a role he assumed in March 2015. As the Swiss National Science Foundation Professor at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Art History, Mr. Stierli focused his research on architecture and media.


39 color, 21 b/w 

144 pages, 60 illustrations
Flexibook, 16x22 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2016
ISBN 9783038600220