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Cyril Power and the London Underground

On the occasion of  the 150th birthday of the London Underground some “Tube” work by the artist Cyril Power (1872-1951).

Cyril Power, Whence and Whither, 1930. Source: theLondoni…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on January 10, 2013 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Marcel Duchamp exhibition in Munich

The Lenbachhaus Kunstbau in Munich features an exhibition about "Marcel Duchamps in Munich 1912" until July 15th, 2012. The show marks the 100th anniversary of the artists stay in Munich.

"Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887-2 October 1968) changed art history. His painting “Nude, Descending a Staircase, No. 2” (1912) captured the ideas and influences of a…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on June 26, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Modernist wood cut prints of Joris Minne

I discovered the remains of a book of Belgian graphic designer Joris Minne as I strolled over an antiques market in the Belgian city of Antwerp. The pages showed modernist wood cuts of Antwerp in the 1930s, striking graphical work in black and white.

Joris Minne (Oostende, 1897 – Antwerpen, 1988) belonged to an artistic group called the “big five” ("De grote vijf"), together with Jan Cantré, Jozef Cantré, Henri van Straten and Frans Masereel who formed after WWI.

I found the…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on June 18, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Dieselpunk Movie Theater

Welcome to the Tuschinski movie theater in Amsterdam. This spectacular cinema was opened in 1921 by Abraham Icek Tuschinski. The architectoral style is predominently Art Deco but architect Hijman Louis de Jong also integrated many other styles. The main auditorium was originally not designed just as a movie theater and features a stage and organ, on…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on January 17, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Dieselpunk Radio (“Radio Kootwijk”)

The Netherlands are a tiny, yet densly populated country. However, there are also some remote places. One is the so-called “Veluwe” area in the East of the country. It was there, in the midst of nothing more than woods, heather and strange in-land sand dunes, close to the town of Apeldoorn, that in 1918 the construction of a massive structure was started, the so-called “Radio Kootwijk”.

An illustration by Dutch…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on January 9, 2012 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Dieselpunk Banking

21st century online banking may have its advantages. But doing your transactions from the lazy couch with an iPad on your knees can of course not replace the stylish atmosphere of a proper bank building. Especially if it is the Postal Savings Bank in Vienna by Otto Wagner with its Dieselpunk features (have a look on those heating pipe exhausts).

Otto Wagner’s Postal Savings Bank is one of the earliest buildings marking the move away from Art Nouveau and Neoclassicism. It…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on January 5, 2012 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Happy New Year! Prosit Neujahr!

Design (probably) for a New Years postcard by Fritz Schönpflug (* 15 June 1873 in Vienna; † 18 February 1951 in Vienna).

Wishing you a fantastic 2012,



Added by Dieter Marquardt on December 31, 2011 at 3:40am — 2 Comments

Jean-Claude Gautrand "l’Assassinat de Baltard"

“Eyes on Paris” is a photography exhibition currently shown in Hamburg. One featured photographer is Jean-Claude Gautrand (born in 1932). In 1972, he shot a series of images of the deconstruction of a famous market hall in Paris, the “halles de Baltard”. The series is titled “l’Assassinat de Baltard”.

Magical, powerful images: the elegance of the steel…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on November 15, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

The “Elbtunnel” in Hamburg

100 years ago, in September 1911, the city of Hamburg (Germany) opened a 426 meter long tunnel underneath the river Elbe. The tunnel is still in use today. It’s special feature is that there are no ramps leading into it, but vertical shafts with lifts. This creates a very special feeling of “no light at the end of the tunnel".

The tunnel took six years to design and four years to build. It costed 10 million Goldmark. In 1923, the record year, the Elbtunnel was used by 19 million…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on September 10, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Nancy Wake (‘The White Mouse’) obituary

"The Economist" of 13 August 2011 includes a wonderful obituary for Nancy Wake who died on 7 August, aged 98. Read here.

Australian Nancy Wake was a member of the French resistance in WWII and later special agent for the British Special Operations Executive in occupied France.

She once said, "I hate…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on August 16, 2011 at 1:47pm — 4 Comments

Hagenauer: Vienna Modernism and New Objectivity

Actress Tala Birell with a sculpture by Franz Hagenauer.


Carl Hagenauer (1872-1928) founded a workshop for artistic metal works in Vienna/Austria in 1898, the “Werkstätte Hagenauer” – marking the heyday of metalworking in the arts and crafts. It should become a legendary company that produced outstanding metal (and later also wood)…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on August 6, 2011 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Dornier Do X landed 80 years ago in New York


In August 80 years ago, precisely on 31 August 1931, a giant flying boat plowed through the waters south of Manhattan. Dornier Do X landed after an epic journey across the Atlantic. The plane with three decks(!) and six propeller engines on top of its wing must have been a stunning sight even for the otherwise in superlatives spoilt New…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on August 5, 2011 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

The many lives of Ignatius Trebitsch-Lincoln

Hungarian Jewish adventurer Ignatius Trebitsch-Lincoln (4 April 1879 - 4 October 1943) lived many lives. He had the ability to talk himself into virtually any situation, and into any company. No surprise that some call him the greatest impostor of…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 28, 2011 at 5:41am — 3 Comments

Exhibition of the "Photographic Society in Vienna 1861-1945" in the Viennese "Albertina"

A great photographic exhibition just started in the Albertina in Vienna, Austria. Presenting about 260 outstanding examples of Austrian photography dating from before 1945, the exhibition in the Albertina sheds light on both the range and quality of the pictures produced by the Photographic Society’s members. Exhibits from the fields of art, science, and innovative applications of commercial photography convey a fascinating impression of the paths leading into today’s flood of…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 26, 2011 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Strandbad Posters

With my vacation starting tomorrow I thought I share some traditional posters with you, all of so-called “Strandbäder”, a lido or literally a “beach pool”. The term refers to the sand in which you could relax even if the actual beaches of the Mediterranean were hundreds of miles away. The Strandbad tradition really started with the beginning of the 20th century and was popular across Europe.

I wish everyone fantastic holidays!



Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 20, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

Dudok's Hilversum Town Hall

The town hall (stadshuis) of Hilversum in 1934.


Architect Willem Marinus Dudok (1884-1974) designed the town hall of Hilversum in 1924. It was built from 1928 and opened in 1931. It is considered his most important work (more on Dudok here).



Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 16, 2011 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

"News of the World" in the Dieselpunk era

The phone-hacking scandal around the English Sunday paper News of the World has dominated the news of the last week. Owner and media giant Rupert Murdoch pulled the plug as a result and publication of the paper with a history of 168 years and 8,674 editions ceased last Sunday.


The paper was first published on 1 October 1843 and held the title of being the newspaper with the largest circulation in the world. Its mission as defined at its launch in 1843 has been followed…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 15, 2011 at 3:36am — 2 Comments

Comic Art: Detective Dick Bos

Although the comic strip Dick Bos, a pipe-smoking detective with expert skills in Jiu-Jitsu, was never widely known or famous outside his country of origin, The Netherlands, I believe he deserves an article in this community. For two reasons.

Firstly, it does not happen very often that the life of a comic artist outshines the adventures of his…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 12, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

50 years ago

I know. I am a week late. And there is no excuse for it. (Although I have not seen anyone else here comment on the event that took place exactly 50 years ago either).

In the night from Friday 1 July to 2 July, a Nobel-prize awarded writer stepped out of bed, went down the stairs to the basement storage room, fetched a two-barreled shotgun, inserted two shells.. – the rest is history. There could not have been any other ending to Ernest Hemingway’s life. A life worth remembering, for…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 10, 2011 at 2:46am — 4 Comments

Speed Girls: the Bugatti Queen

Studying the life of Hellé Nice, the Bugatti Queen, is like reading a novel. A quite unrealistic novel that is. Such are the twists and turns, the steep rise and deep fall, that hardly any writer could dream it up.

Hellé Nice in an undated photograph (Jean-Pierre Poiter, Chelles, France/Random House)

Hellé Nice was born as Helene Delangle near Chartres as daughter of a postmaster, moved to Paris as teenager, posed for naughty photographs sold to…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 9, 2011 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

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