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Rudolf Steiner: Alchemy of the Everyday

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Rudolf Steiner: Alchemy of the Everyday
Rudolf Steiner Alchemy of the Everyday
Edited by Mateo Kries and Alexander von Vegesack.

Rudolf Steiner was one of the key reform figures of the 20th century. There was hardly any field of human endeavor that the Austrian-born thinker left untouched: he founded the Waldorf school movement, gave vital impulses to biodynamic agriculture and alternative medicine, and also left behind a comprehensive oeuvre as an architect, designer and artist. His most important work of architecture, the Goetheanum (1924-1928) in Dornach, Switzerland, is a key piece of early modern architecture; never before had concrete been used in such a sculptural way on such a large scale. This impressive, 300-page, volume is, amazingly, the first comprehensive overview of the work of Steiner, a pivotal figure who still influences the arts and sciences today. A collection of essays by respected experts approaches the phenomenon of Steiner from a variety of perspectives, such as how Steiner combined natural and spiritual science, his work in architecture, design and stage performance, and his influence on art (Mondrian, Kandinsky and Beuys, among others, credit his inspiration). Numerous illustrations include Steiner's drawings, letters and first editions of his books; photos of the avid crowds that heard him speak; reproductions of drawings, paintings and architectural renderings; furniture, sculpture and other designs. Includes an extensive catalog section presenting Steiner's major works and comparing them to important contemporaries and current artists, and an illustrated biography. A must-have for lovers of art, architecture and design.

RAM Publications; 2010; Hardcover; 8.25" x 11"; 336 pp; 550 b&w and color illustrations;

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