Morgan is Sad Today

Morgan is Sad Today


The photo series by Jean-Pierre Maurer and Robert Müller was only shown once, in the Kunstgewerbemuseum Zürich in 1968, without any commentary other than a text by Ettore Sottsass. It is now displayed in this same way in Morgan Is Sad Today, which has been republished. The title of the book comes from a song whose lyrics go on to say “…sadder than yesterday”– and which in turn comes from the movie Morgan, A Suitable Case for Treatment, 1966, by Karel Reisz.

The photo series Morgan Is Sad Today is in this sense very much also a conceptual stringing together of posters. In his text Ettore Sottsass stays very close to what the Zeitgeist embodied without glorification or denigration, with a subtle sense of amusement. And Sandro Fischli draws on the backgrounds of the pictures, sometimes sharply, sometimes deliberately, fraying a subjective and associative social and cultural history of the 1960s, and looking back on an economically booming Switzerland in which the boundaries of high culture were becoming increasingly porous.

Published by Edition Patrick Frey

Edited by Jean-Pierre Maurer and Robert Müller

232 pages



ISBN 978-3-905929-78-2

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