This documentary made by László Moholy-Nagy is a record of the 4th Congress of Modern Architecture (CIAM) held at sea on the liner Patris II and in Athens. Highly memorable is the sequence recording the four-day cruise to the Aegean islands made by the 'inner circle' of CIAM and their friends.
Taking up this sequence and embedding it as a documentary reference among numerous others, Chris Blencowe and Judith Levine have published the book 'moholy's edit' together with Lars Müller Publishers.
Besides Moholy's visual insights, the book also takes a look at Le Corbusier's sketches and drawings of his Greek impressions contained in his carnet B5. The documentary processing of the two authors reveal the preoccupations of the key personae including Sigfried Gideon, Fernand Léger, Amédée Ozenfant, Cornel van Eesteren, Otto Neurath, and, as already mentioned, Le Corbusier, enabling a reconstruction of their epiphanies, discussions and estrangements at this critical moment in history. Crucial to the success of the surreal odyssey were members of the Greek avant-garde: Christian Zervos, publisher of Cahiers
d’Art; Tériade, editor of Minotaure; and the painter Ghika.
With the help of this detailed work, the book succeeds in shedding light on this legendary event in the history of the European architectural and artistic avant-garde.
Public access to the film material has been made possible courtesy of the Moholy-Nagy Foundation.
For more information about the book and Lars Müller Publishers, please visit our website: lars-mueller-publishers.com/moholys-edit.
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