Japan’s Past and Present

Japan’s Past and Present

In Japan, the study of nihonjinron became popular after the Second World War in an attempt to explain the uniqueness of the country’s culture and character. Some of the essays in this volume deal with these issues and explore aspects of the Japanese quest for a national identity. Today Japan is one of the world’s largest economies, but it is facing enormous challenges on a social, cultural, financial and political level.

These challenges are highlighted and analysed in this book through themes and topics from Japanese history: identity, architecture, religion, manga, Christianity in Japan, the Samurais and many other subjects.

Japanese History – And the Idea of Uniqueness
ISBN Eng: 978-91-639-7205-8
100 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm. 500 pp
Spring 2020

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Temple

Catalogue Raisonné

For the first time, Hilma af Klint’s works have been collected in a Catalogue Raisonné. This is a historical document, divided into seven volumes, about one of Sweden’s most fascinating collections of artistic output. The first volume, Paintings for the Temple, will be published in spring 2020.

The paintings are presented in the same order that Hilma af Klint herself numbered them, an important aspect that clearly enhances the reader’s understanding and feel for her artistry.

The works are printed in an exclusive edition designed by Patric Leo. The series is produced with the permission of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, and features introductions by Daniel Birnbaum and Kurt Almqvist.

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Temple – Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN Eng: 978-91-89069-11-4
Ca 140 illustrations. 24 x 30 cm. 184 pp
Spring 2020

Hilma af Klint Seeing is Believing

Hilma af Klint

Seeing is Believing

(Hilma af Klint – Att se är att inse) 

The international art world has been taken by storm by Hilma af Klint’s art. From the initial success at the Moderna museet in Stockholm 2013 to the exhibition in New York’s Guggenheim Museum, the Ax:son Johnson Foundation has arranged a number of international seminars, in conjunction
with the exhibitions, in order to promote scholarship about Hilma af Klint and set her pioneering work in a historical context.

The topics range from early abstract art, the impact of Darwinism and Goethe’s Theory of Colour to the importance of occult religious movements such as Theosophy and Anthroposophy that influenced the early modernists and Hilma af Klint.

Hilma af Klint – Seeing is Believing
(Hilma af Klint – Att se är att inse)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-89069-18-3
ISBN Swe: 978-91-89069-08-4
95 illustrations. 23 x 29 cm. 152 pp
Spring 2020

Imagery of the Sea Figureheads and Symbols

Imagery of the Sea

Figureheads and Symbols

(Havets bildspråk – Galjonsfigurer och symboler)

Water routes long constituted the most natural way to travel, and the ships that people travelled on also served as an expression of the owner’s status and power. The roughly forty ship artefacts in the Skagen Collection, in the form of figureheads, ornaments and other decorative elements, bear witness to many stories about life at sea.

This anthology presents a number of approaches to the many symbols and artistic expressions found on vessels along with recent photos and new knowledge about the figureheads.

Imagery of the Sea – Figureheads and Symbols
(Havets bildspråk – Galjonsfigurer och symboler)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-985237-9-9
ISBN Swe: 978-91-985237-8-2
130 illustrations. 32 x 24.5 cm. 270 pp
Spring 2020

Hilma af Klint The Art of Seeing the Invisible

Hilma af Klint

The Art of Seeing the Invisible

(Hilma af Klint – Konsten att se det osynliga)

The international art world has been taken by storm by Hilma af Klint’s art. From the initial success at the Moderna museet in Stockholm 2013 to the exhibition in New York’s Guggenheim Museum, the Ax:son Johnson Foundation has arranged a number of international seminars, in conjunction
with the exhibitions, in order to promote scholarship about Hilma af Klint and set her pioneering work in a historical context.

The topics range from early abstract art, the impact of Darwinism and Goethe’s Theory of Colour to the importance of occult religious movements such as Theosophy and Anthroposophy that influenced the early modernists and Hilma af Klint.

Hilma af Klint – The Art of Seeing the Invisible
(Hilma af Klint – Konsten att se det osynliga)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-89069-17-6
ISBN Swe: 978-91-89069-07-7
100 illustrations. 23 x 29 cm. 320 pp
Spring 2020

Man and His Symbols

Man and His Symbols

(Människan och hennes symboler)

Carl Gustav Jung’s Man and His Symbols is one of the most important classics of Analytical Psychology. In the book, Jung explains our dreams’ different symbols, a subject that is at least as thought provoking today as when the book was first published. With a new Swedish translation, this popular book is made accessible once again.

“This book, which was the last piece of work by Jung before his death in 1961, provides a unique opportunity to assess his contribution to the life and thought of our time, for it was also his first attempt to present his life-work in psychology to a non-technical public…What emerges with great clarity from the book is that Jung has done immense service both to psychology as a science and to our general understanding of man in society, by insisting that imaginative life must be taken seriously in its own right, as the most distinctive characteristic of human beings.” – The Guardian

Människan och hennes symboler
(Man and His Symbols)
ISBN Swe: 978-91-89069-05-3
400 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm. 340 pp
Spring 2020