Published in October 2013 to accompany the Modernités plurielles. 1905–1970 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, this book offers an exploration of the relationship between art and globalization, bringing together modern and contemporary artists from all walks of life, including Frida Kahlo, Tamara de Lempicka, René Magritte, de Chirico, Picabia, Álvarez Bravo, Otto Dix, Jackson Pollock, Roberto Matta, and Goncharova. Going a bit further than being just a plain exhibition catalog, its content tries to reconstruct the great impulses of the avant-garde within the networks of exchanges and emulations characteristic of this era. The book also analyses the complex and dynamic relationships between universality and vernacular culture, purity and hybridity, which run through the whole adventure of modern art.
Designed by French studio Prototype, the book is set with a variety of typefaces. Deberny & Peignot’s Egyptienne F is used for body text while various widths and weights of the Fakt family (available from Type By) are used for captions, notes indexes and tables of contents. Even Fakt Soft is used to set some pull quotes among artworks. Euclid Flex, set with a playful combination of geometrical alternate glyphs, is used on the book cover and for all titles throughout the book, bringing a modernish vibe to the catalog.