The original Cahiers d'Art premises in Paris which still stand today.Photo:Courtesy of Cahiers d'Art publishers
Cahiers d'Art

Swede relaunches legendary French Arts mag

6:45 min

A legendary French art magazine that championed modern art has been resurrected by a Swede 52 years after it published its' last edition.

Swedish contemporary art collector Steffan Ahrenberg bought Cahiers d'Art and its publishing house and gallery in Paris in 2010 and hopes the magazine will be as influential as it was in its heyday before World War II.

Cahiers d'Art was founded in Paris in 1926 by Greek art critic and writer Christian Zervos and produced 97 issues until closure in 1960. The magazine presented art, architecture and photography in a serious fashion and produced works of contemporary artists such as Pablo Picasso and Matisse to historical studies of art from the 19th century.

The publishing arm of Cahiers d'Art also brought out over 50 art books including "The Zervos", the catalogue of Picasso's paintings and drawings which were photographed by Christian Zervos who was a close friend of the artist.

The first new edition of Cahiers d'Art under Steffan Arrenberg which is now available in French and English, features work by 89-year-old American artist Ellsworth Kelly, while later this year two books will be published featuring editorials on architecture and photography published in the original magazine. 

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