Kupka, Prague and daydreaming: Guggenheim puts art books online

The Guggenheim Museum has put 65 art books and exhibition catalogues online. They can be read online or downloaded in a number of different formats – and all for free.

The selection covers a wide range of Modern Art but from literalab’s geographical focus the highlights are a heavy dose of Kandinsky. Besides his 1911 classic On the Spiritual in Art there are the catalogues for his Memorial Exhibition (1946), a later Retrospective Exhibition (1962) and a centennial exhibition devoted to his Paintings on Glass (1966).

Other catalogues available include a František Kupka retrospective (1975), a Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele show (1965), an exhibition of Russian avant-garde art (1981) and an exhibition of Oskar Kokoschka’s early works on paper.

“Prague, the old city celebrated by Apollinaire, the city which inspired Franz Kafka’s writings and deeply impressed André Breton, was also destined to leave strong impressions on young Kupka. It stirred his imagination, but it also confirmed his inclination toward daydreaming, despite the fact that his dreams were constantly shattered by the poverty in which he lived and by his growing disappointment with the social order.”

– from the František Kupka catalogue

Photos – 1) Moscow I by Wassily Kandinsky, 1916, 2) Self-portrait by Egon Schiele, 1910

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