The Moon -From Inner Worlds to Outer Space


The Moon -From Inner Worlds to Outer Space

Edited by Lærke Rydal Jørgensen, Marie Laurberg. Foreword by Poul Erik Tøjner. Text by Marie Laurberg, Anja C. Andersen, Stephen Petersen, E.C. Krupp.

This book, published on the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing (July 20, 1969), surveys the iconography of the moon, from Romantic landscape paintings to space-age art. It looks at the moon in art, film, literature, architecture, design, natural history and historical objects, as a symbol & inspiration. It 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 Méliès and Fritz Lang created cinematic lunar voyages, and in the 1930s, surrealist artists such as Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dalí 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.

Publisher: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018

8.5 x 10.25”, hardcover

128 pages

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