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Das Geistreich. I. [Mappe I. 1-13.]
[Privately published (printed by August Scherl)], Charlottenburg-Westend, New York 1931 - First edition. "Ausgabe B", one of the 14-300 numbered copies (complete edition: 1313 copies). The finely printed, colored plates are numbered: 1.1-1.13. In publisher's half vellum folder, the spine is lettered in gold, front panel in black. The textual booklet is bound by staple and with cloth-band on spine. (2 [title page]) p, (28 [booklet]) p, 13 numbered, loose, colored plates. Plate size: 430 × 605 mm. First edition of the first (and only) folder of Rudolf Bauer's graphic portfolio of thirteen high quality, offset color reproductions. The publication of this stunning portfolio, Das Geistreich [The Realm of the Spirit] was accompanied the opening of a private museum for Non-objective art, under the same name in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Rudolf Bauer (1889-1953) was a German abstractionist artist, studied at the Academy of Art in Berlin. His works were showed at Herwarth Walden's Der Sturm gallery, first in a group exhibition in 1915, and soon he had his first solo exhibition there in 1917. He actively participated in the gallery's scene through the 1920s, and also taught at the Sturm School, where he met with Hilla Rebay. Bauer was a co-founder of artistic groups such as the Novembergruppe and Die Krater. In 1929 he founded his own museum and gallery, Das Geistreich [The Realm of the Spirit], which - with the cooperation of Rebay - became instrumental in locating and selling, besides Bauer's own paintings, significant Kandinsky-works for Solomon R. Guggenheim. Bauer's works were exhibited in the US, already in the 1920s by Katherine Dreier and Société Anonyme, and in 1933 and 1934 in the Museum of Modern Art, in 1937 in Chicago. Meanwhile, in the Nazi Germany his works were included in the Degenerate Art show in Munich, and soon he had to flee the country. In 1939 he settled down in New York and together with Hilla Rebay and Solomon R. Guggenheim opened the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, the successor of Das Geistreich, and forerunner of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. A scarce album, we could trace only 3 copies in institutional holdings, all in the US (Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives; Getty Research Institute; Bowling Green State University Library). Plates with traces of water stain at corners, with no effect on the images. Plate 1.1. with light brown stains at the margins, with no effect to the image. Some plates creased at upper right corner or at edges. Title page dog-eared, with a tear to the upper right edge, and a horizontal stain in the center. The text-booklet is bumped at corners, some light stains on last (blank) page, lower staple rusted, only visible at rear. The folder is stained and spotted, artistically restored. Overall in very good condition. In publisher's half vellum folder, the spine is lettered in gold, front panel in black. The textual booklet is bound by staple and with cloth-band on spine First edition. "Ausgabe B", one of the 14-300 numbered copies (complete edition: 1313 copies). The finely printed, colored plates are numbered: 1.1-1.13.
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