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A Subversive Gleam: Max Bill and His Time. 1908–1939

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Max Bill (1908–1994) was a Swiss polymath bridging the worlds of art, design, and architecture. Dr. Angela Thomas, art historian and widow of the artist, retraces Max Bill’s biography, from his childhood to his training at the Bauhaus, his return to Zurich, and on until the late 1930s. She meticulously dissects Max Bill’s journey through his exchanges with his family, teachers, and peers–and their individual respective life trajectories. In a highly unconventional meander through extraordinary biographies, she thus exposes the web-like private and public constellations in which Bill evolved.

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A Subversive Gleam: Max Bill and His Time. 1908–1939

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$45.00
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Language

English

Publisher

Hauser & Wirth Publishers

Publication Date

January 2022

ISBN

9783906915401

Pages

736 pages

Size

16.5 x 23.5 cm

Editor

Hauser & Wirth Publishers

Composition

Softcover with a dust jacket

‘At the Bauhaus theory, experimentation, and practice always interconnected dialectically, and what’s more, this all took place in a community of students, masters, and guests, the like of which has scarcely been seen since’

– Max Bill

The Artist

Max Bill

Max Bill was a great Swiss polymath: an artist, architect, industrial designer, graphic designer, and teacher. He attended the Bauhaus where he was taught by Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Oskar Schlemmer. Bill remained closely associated with the Bauhaus school and was a key figure in developing and propagating its principles, especially through his professorship at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich and as a founder of the Ulm School of Design. Through his pursuit of a new visual language that could be understood by the senses alone, Bill defined the conventions of Swiss design for decades to come. His influence spread even as far as South America, where he was a catalyst for the Concrete Art movement.
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