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Architecture and Cubism

ISBN13: 9780262024228
ISBN: 0262024225
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $80.0
Publisher: The MIT Press
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Pages: 278
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A fundamental tenet of the historiography of modern architecture holdsthat cubism forged a vital link between avant-garde practices in earlytwentieth-century painting and architecture. This collection of essays, commissionedby the Canadian Centre for Architecture, takes a close look at that widely acceptedbut little scrutinized belief. In the first historically focused examination of theissue, the volume returns to the original site of cubist art in pre-World War IEurope and proceeds to examine the historical, theoretical, and socio-politicalrelationships between avant-garde practices in painting, architecture, and othercultural forms, including poetry, landscape, and the decorative arts. The essayslook at works produced in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Czechoslovakiaduring the early decades of the twentieth century.Together, the essays show thatalthough there were many points of intersection -- historical, metaphorical, theoretical, and ideological -- between cubism and architecture, there was nosimple, direct link between them. Most often the connections between cubist paintingand modern architecture were construed analogically, by reference to shared formalqualities such as fragmentation, spatial ambiguity, transparency, and multiplicity;or to techniques used in other media such as film, poetry, and photomontage. Cubistspace itself remained two-dimensional; with the exception of Le Cobusiers work, itwas never translated into the three dimensions of architecture. Cubism'ssignificance for architecture also remained two-dimensional -- a method ofrepresenting modern spatial experience through the ordering impulses ofart.Copublished with the Canadian Centre for Architecture/CentreCanadiend'Architecture