The Giedion World
Sigfried Giedion and Carola Giedion-Welcker in Dialogue
Edited by Almut Grunewald

Contributions by Roger Fayet, Almut Grunewald, Mario Lüscher, Bruno Maurer, Arthur Rüegg and Bettina Zimmermann.
Preface by Monica Giedion.


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The Giedion Universe: An introduction to the work, significance and impact, and estate of two of modernism’s most distinguished scholars —on 420 pages with 198 color illustrations featuring 630 documents, objects, and photographs. Sigfried Giedion (1888–1968) and Carola Giedion-Welcker (1893–1979) were among the most distinguished and influential scholars of art and architectual history during the 20th century’s earlier dacades.

Modern Architecture, Theory / History / Criticism
Of particular impact was the Giedion's role in connecting leading protagonists of modernism in architecture, art, and literature, such as Alvar Aalto, Hans Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Breuer, Max Ernst, Walter Gropius, Barbara Hepworth, Le Corbusier, László Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, or Sophie Taeuber-Arp. The estate of Sigfried and Carola Giedion-Welcker comprises some 16,000 letters, 10,000 photographic prints and negatives, a wealth of other papers, and a vast library. This new book offers a revaluation of Sigfried and Carola Giedion-Welcker work, impact, and lasting significance. Editor and contributors were the first to draw fully on the estate, which has been opened entirely to researchers only recently. Featuring a vast number of previously unpublished documents and other images alongside excerpts from the extensive correspondence the two maintained with their artist friends and colleagues in academia, it provides a unique and manifold insight into the “Giedion universe.”

Almut Grunewald is an art historian and a research assistant at the archives of ETH Zurich’s Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture.

420 pages, 198 illustrations
Hardback, 22x33 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2019
ISBN 9783858818195