Hardcover – 1 juli 2021

How motor vehicles reshaped the way people lived, worked and played in the 20th century, and their enduring influence on the built environment

Drawing on the wealth of automobile-related design, art and architecture in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Automania takes an in-depth look at an industrial object that changed the world. From its first appearance as a plaything for the rich in the 1890s to its establishment as a utilitarian necessity of modern life, the car has transformed the ways in which we live, work and enjoy ourselves, inspiring countless designers and artists working in various mediums.
Some have viewed the automobile as the ultimate expression of technological progress, capable of bringing about widespread economic growth and positive societal change. Others have seen it as the enemy of humanistic values, leading only to rising fatalities and the proliferation of hazardous waste and pollution. But all have recognized it as central to contemporary life, design and culture.
Automania traces the rich cultural history of the car while giving pride of place to the ten vehicles in MoMA's collection, which mark pivotal moments in the history of automotive design. These include the Jeep M-38A1 Utility Truck, the Citroën DS 23 Sedan, the Volkswagen Type 1 Sedan, the Fiat 500f City Car, the Cisitalia 202 GT Car, the Ferrari Formula 1 Racing Car 641/2, the Porsche 911 Coupé, the Airstream Bambi Travel Trailer, the Jaguar E-Type Roadster and the Smart Car Coupé.

A vintage car enthusiast's delight...featuring early 20th-century models paired with fine art, the new [book] unpacks the complicated role of cars.--Andre Wheeler "Time Out New York"

Takes a hard look at our complicated love affair with the car.--Brett Berk "Vanity Fair"

Do cars represent the freedom of the open road or are they harbingers of ruin? The answer is yes in "Automania.--Andrea K. Scott "New Yorker"


Automania explores the ways in which motor vehicles reshaped how people lived, worked, and enjoyed themselves over the course of the 20th century, and the continuing positive and negative imprint on the design and organization of today’s built environment. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, the catalogue showcases ten cars in MoMA’s collection: a Jeep (designed 1952), a Citroën DS23 (1973), a Volkswagen Beetle (designed 1938), a Fiat Cinquecento City Car (launched 1957), a Pininfarina Cisitalia 202 GT Car (designed 1946), a Formula 1 Racing Car, (1990), a Porsche 911 coupé (1965), an Airstream Bambi Traveler (1960), E-type Roadster (1966), and a Smart Car (1998). Presented alongside the vehicles are car parts, architectural models, films, photographs, posters, paintings, and sculptures, including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1898 print L’Automobiliste, Lily Reich’s 1930s designs for a tubular-steel car seat, photographs of American car factories (c. 1930–32) by Margaret Bourke-White, Orange Car Crash Fourteen Times (1963) by Andy Warhol, and Jorge Rigamonti’s 1966–70 photocollage illustrating a dystopic view of environmental destruction in Venezuela.

Organized into six thematic chapters, Automania includes an introductory essay by curator Juliet Kinchin and examines the car as a modern industrial product, transportation innovator, and style icon, as well as the generator of fatalities, traffic-choked environments, and ecological disaster in the oil age. “Cars have reimagined mobility, connecting us across great distances at ever greater speed, but this increased freedom and economic empowerment have come at the expense of tremendous human suffering and environmental damage,” says Kinchin.

  • Uitgever ‏ : ‎ MOMA Museum of Modern Art; 1e editie (1 juli 2021)
  • Taal ‏ : ‎ Engels
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 112 pagina's
  • Afmetingen ‏ : ‎ 20.3 x 1.4 x 25.4 cm

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