In 'Discover the Modern' Benno Tempel, director of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, tells us a story about modern art. Though the different themes the reader gets an atmospheric picture of the dynamic development of fine art, from the 19th-century until modern day. Steeped in political and social events, the book presents correlations between photography and painting, between space travel and utopian projects. This leads to fascinating comparisons, for example, between Claude Monet and Wasssily Kandinsky, Francis Bacon and Gerhard Richter or Anton Heyboer and Vincent van Gogh. This incredible publication is more than a book about modern art...it reads like an exciting exploration of modern times.