The Surveyor

2011 Anthony Blunt Denise van de Beek espionage Jan Wenzel Stefanie Tasch

In 2009 the first Version of the spatial essay “The Surveyor” was shown. Since than I had accomplished an enormous amount of research material which had no space in the exhibition. But it was a great assumption of information to make a book. So I continued doing my researches to make a book by the same title as the spatial essay. The book describes how I worked with the  Freedom of Information Act Materialen, it contains my transcriptions of Anthony Blunt’s confession from the British Library’s archive. Furthermore, Stefanie Tasch, Denise van de Beek and Jan Wenzel contributed texts.

german / english
146 pages
numerous illustrations
32,00 Euro


By the end of 1979, Sir Anthony Frederick Blunt was no longer Sir. The reason can be traced back to Cambridge where he was a student – and a member of a secret circle of men who were young and ardent advocates of Communism. Later they became known as the Cambridge Five. The first of them was exposed in 1951, the second one a year later. By this time, Blunt was professor of Art History and Adviser for the Queen’s Pictures and Drawings. He was in charge of managing the Royal Family‘s collection of paintings. His focus was on French and Italian art, especially Poussin. In 1963, the third member of the Cambridge Five was uncovered. Like the others, he had sought refuge in Moscow. Blunt’s secret identity became known the year after, but it was not publicly revealed to avoid damage to the Queen. It took another 15 years for Margaret Thatcher to publicise it.