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The Taschen Collection

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It was 1980 when eighteen-year old Benedikt Taschen opened a comic book shop in Köln to sell and trade from his collection. Within a year he was publishing catalogues to promote his business pursuits. Driven by the notion that cultural enlightenment should not be a privilege reserved for the wealthy, four years later Benedikt Taschen made a daring move: he purchased 40,000 remaining copies of a Rene Magritte book and resold them for only a fraction of the original price.

Soon Taschen started reprinting books under his own name for budget prices. The first Taschen original art book, Picasso, was published the next year.

Taschen’s company quickly established a reputation as a unique publisher of lavishly designed art books, soon branching out into architecture, film, design, photography, life style and classics and often testing the waters with potentially controversial subjects and taboos.

Taschen has challenged the physical aspect of books as well. In 1999 the company published Helmut Newton’s Sumo in a limited edition of 10,000 copies, each signed and numbered by the author. True to its name, Newton’s book comes in ‘sumo-size’ measuring 20 x 27.5 inches and weighing 66 lbs. It is so large that it comes with a small folding stand to display it.

Calgary Public Library holds about 240 Taschen books on art and artists, architecture, film, pop art, etc. in our Taschen collection.

Here is just a tiny fraction of our Taschens.

Influenced by his contemporaries Michelangelo and Leonardo, Raphael Santi (1483-1520) became, in his own right, one of the most important artists of the High Renaissance. Though Raphael painted many important works in his Florence period, including his famous Madonnas, it was his mature work in Rome that cemented his place in history, most notably the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican featuring his School of Athens and Triumph of Religion murals.


A person’s clothing, whether it’s a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential key to his or her culture, class, personality, or even religion. In A Fashion history of the 20th Century, the Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically. Founded in 1978, the KCI holds one of the world’s most extensive clothing collections and has curated many exhibitions worldwide. With an emphasis on Western women’s clothing, the KCI has amassed a wide range of 20th century historical garments, underwear, shoes, and fashion accessories.

~From the publisher's website.


“She is more vivid on the screen than others. She has more energy, more humor, more commitment to the part and to the playing – she plays the rose, she gives off the happiness that she is acting…” writes Norman Mailer in the monograph about Marilyn Monroe, creating, together with Beth Stern, an intimate tribute to one or the most famous icons of the 20th century.

~From the publisher's website.


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