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Inspiration – Iconic Works

A number of works in the history of Western art have achieved landmark status throughout the world. Often such works depict mythological or religious subjects or notable people or events. Exploring the history of this visual culture as seen by contemporary artists, Inspiration - Iconic Works also discusses seminal works such as the Laocoon Group and Rodin's The Thinker, showing us how artworks of the past continue to inspire artists in this day and age.

The book is also a reminder of the role museums have played in the construction of the narrative framework of art history. The nineteenth century saw the foundation of great many museums in Europe, as well as being the period when the first mayor histories of art were published. These narratives continue to mould our perception of noteworthy art even today.

Publisher: Nationalmuseum, Ateneum Art Museum, 2020.

Editor: Susanna Pettersson.

Writers: Emma Barker, Eva-Lena Bergström, Michaela Giebelhausen, Linda Hinners, Dan Karlholm, Martin Olin, Susanna Pettersson, James Putnam with artist interviews written by Sointu Fritze and Marja Sakari.

ISBN: 978-952-7371-04-6
Size 28 x 21,5 cm, 200 pages.


Alexander Mihaylovich
by Wibke von Bonin

Alexander Mihaylovich was born in New York in 1958 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The self-taught painter was a member of the staff of the J. Paul Getty Museum where he was able to develop his early interest in dealing with archaeological finds as well as his talent for painting. He is equally driven by questions concerning conservation, the problem of illicit excavations and the black market in antiquities. With old masterly precision and a fine sense of humour Mihaylovich paints scenes of imaginary gods and goddesses, heroes and muses threatened by and protected from the dangers of the Industrial Age.

ISBN 978-3-8321-9253-2
34.5 x 25.5 cm, hardcover, 232 pages
Dumont Literatur und Kunst Verlag 2010

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Time Machine: Ancient Egypt and Contemporary Art
by James Putnam, Vivian W. Davies

Curated by James Putnam, curator of the Egyptian Antiquities Department at the British Museum, Time Machine was an exhibition which contested the idea that the British Museum and its ancient Egyptian artefacts are stagnant remnants of the past, disconnected from the present. Installed in the vast Egyptian sculpture gallery, Mihaylovich’s work The Colossus of Menes, was among the works by twelve artists who archived a rare juxtaposition of ancient and contemporary art.

ISBN: 0-86159-997-7
62pp, softback, 215 x 215mm, 73 illustrations (39 in colour)
Iniva and the British Museum, 1994