The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space

Author:   Laerke Rydal Jorgensen ,  Marie Laurberg ,  Poul Erik Tjner ,  Marie Laurberg
Publisher:   Louisiana
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9788793659087


Pages:   128
Publication Date:   03 January 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Myths of the moon in the arts and sciences, fifty years after the first manned landing. The moon has long furnished humankind with an artistic icon, an image of longing and object of scientific inquiry. Encompassing art, film, literature, architecture, design, natural history and historical objects, and published on the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing (July 20, 1969), The Moon surveys the iconography of the moon, from Romantic landscape paintings to space-age art. It takes the 1969 landing as a thematic fulcrum and a culmination of the deep-rooted cultural conceptions invested in the space race in the 1960s, from David Bowie to Disney. The book also accounts for the science of the moon throughout the ages, from Galileo to NASA, addressing the many lunar myths that have existed throughout time. Also explored here is moonlight, an important theme in the Romantic nocturnal landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich, J. C. Dahl and Carl Julius von Leypold. Another powerful artistic genealogy is associated with science fiction, a genre that has on occasion influenced space programs: Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (1865), for instance, famously inspired NASA's Apollo programs. Film pioneers such as Georges Melies and Fritz Lang created cinematic lunar voyages, and in the 1930s, surrealist artists such as Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dali and Max Ernst explored the moonlit landscape as psychological allegory. Later, during the Cold War, superpowers on both sides of the Iron Curtain worked closely with artists to orchestrate and interpret the space race: Robert Rauschenberg, for example, was one of eight artists invited by NASA to witness Apollo 11, while artists in the Soviet Union played a central role in building the cult of the cosmonaut. The Moon looks at all these lunar themes and myths, in a thrilling and inspirational gathering for anyone who has felt the moon's pull on their imagination.

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Author:   Laerke Rydal Jorgensen ,  Marie Laurberg ,  Poul Erik Tjner ,  Marie Laurberg
Publisher:   Louisiana
Imprint:   Louisiana
Weight:   0.650kg
ISBN:  

9788793659087


ISBN 10:   8793659083
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   03 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Reveals humans have wanted the moon for most of our history -- wanted to understand it, capture it, land on it, own it.--Andrew Dickson The New York Times Mixes the images of art with material from cultural and natural history to emphasize the quest for knowledge and awareness that art shares with other cultural spheres.--Arts Summary ...explores the importance of the moon for writers and artists from the Romantics to the present day.--Apollo Magazine Explores the many different ways that artists, photographers, film makers, historians, astronomers and more have tried to capture the image of the moon.--Jos Da Silva The Art Newspaper


Reveals humans have wanted the moon for most of our history -- wanted to understand it, capture it, land on it, own it.--Andrew Dickson The New York Times ...explores the importance of the moon for writers and artists from the Romantics to the present day.--Apollo Magazine Mixes the images of art with material from cultural and natural history to emphasize the quest for knowledge and awareness that art shares with other cultural spheres.--Arts Summary


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Laerke Rydal Jorgensen has published widely on art, folklore and folk literature. Marie Laurberg is a curator at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen.

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