The Giedion World

Sigfried Giedion and Carola Giedion-Welcker in Dialogue

The Giedion Universe: Work, significance and impact, and the estate of two of modernism's most distinguished scholars


  • February 2019   approx. CHF 99.00 | eur 97.00


Title Information

Edited by Almut Grunewald. With contributions by Roger Fayet, Almut Grunewald, Mario Lüscher, Bruno Maurer, Arthur Rüegg, and Bettina Zimmermann, and a preface by Monica Giedion

1st edition

, 2019


approx. 384 pages, 192 color and 292 b/w illustrations

22 x 33 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-819-5


Sigfried Giedion (1888–1968) and Carola Giedion-Welcker (1893–1979) were among the most distinguished and influential scholars of art and architecrual history during the 20th century’s earlier dacades. Of particular impact was their 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 discourses they initiated, for example on the New Vision in photography or a “Synthesis of Arts,“ have lost nothing of their relevance and provide new starting points until the present day.
The estate of Sigfried and Carola Giedion-Welcker is today kept in Zurich at ETH Zurich’s Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, the Swiss Isntitute for Art Research, the University of Zurich’s Institute of Romance Studies, and the James Joyce Foundation. It 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 Featuring a vast number of previously unpublished documents and other images alongside excerpts from the extensive correspondence the two maintained with their artist friends and colleagues in academia, it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.”


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Authors & Editors

Roger Fayet

Monica Giedion

Almut Grunewald

Mario Lüscher

Bruno Maurer

Arthur Rüegg

, born 1942, is professor emeritus for architecture and building construction at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). He took his degree in architecture from ETH Zurich in 1967 and ran his own studio ARCOOP in Zürich 1971–98. He has published widely on architecture and architectural history in books and journals and is a renowned expert on the work of Le Corbusier.

Bettina Zimmermann