The Giedion World

The Giedion World

Sigfried Giedion and Carola Giedion-Welcker in Dialogue

The Giedion Universe: An introduction to the work, significance and impact, and estate of two of modernism's most distinguished scholars—on 420 pages with 198 color illustrations featuring 630 documents, objects, and photographs



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


420 pages, 198 color 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 architectual 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 Featuring a vast number of previously unpublished documents and other images alongside excerpts from the extensive correspondence the two maintained with their artist friends and colleagues in academia, it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.”


Deutsche Ausgabe


Winner of the DAM Architectural Book Award 2019


Designed by Bonbon

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


"Books can be so informative, so thoughtful, so attractively designed. This illustrated book about the Giedions, that magnificent couple of modern art and design history, is certainly one of the most successful publications in this field we have seen for a Iong time. This book is a benchmark: for how a productive life can be narrated—with historical documents and personal letters; with photographs that do not isolate images and books, furniture and materials, but present them in an everyday context, as objects of intellectual as weil as practical use." Jörg Stürzebecher, form magazine