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Architecture and Cubism : Centre Canadien D'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architect - Eve Blau

Architecture and Cubism

Centre Canadien D'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architect

By: Eve Blau (Editor), Nancy J. Troy (Editor)

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A fundamental tenet of the historiography of modern architecture holds that cubism forged a vital link between avant-garde practices in early twentieth-century painting and architecture. This collection of essays, commissioned by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, takes a close look at that widely accepted but little scrutinized belief. In the first historically focused examination of the issue, the volume returns to the original site of cubist art in pre-World War I Europe and proceeds to examine the historical, theoretical, and socio-political relationships between avant-garde practices in painting, architecture, and other cultural forms, including poetry, landscape, and the decorative arts. The essays look at works produced in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Czechoslovakia during the early decades of the twentieth century.Together, the essays show that although there were many points of intersection -- historical, metaphorical, theoretical, and ideological -- between cubism and architecture, there was no simple, direct link between them. Most often the connections between cubist painting and modern architecture were construed analogically, by reference to shared formal qualities such as fragmentation, spatial ambiguity, transparency, and multiplicity; or to techniques used in other media such as film, poetry, and photomontage. Cubist space itself remained two-dimensional; with the exception of Le Cobusiers work, it was never translated into the three dimensions of architecture. Cubism's significance for architecture also remained two-dimensional -- a method of representing modern spatial experience through the ordering impulses of art.Copublished with the Canadian Centre for Architecture/CentreCanadien d'Architecture

Introductionp. 1
The Maison Cubiste and the Meaning of Modernism in Pre-1914 Francep. 17
The Burden of Cubism: The French Imprint on Czech Architecture, 1910-1914p. 41
Cubism and the Gothic Traditionp. 59
"Architecture" in Leger's Essays, 1913-1933p. 77
Architecture of the Cubist Poemp. 89
The Cell in the Cityp. 117
Where are We?p. 141
Unnatural Acts: Propositions for a New French Garden, 1920-1930p. 167
Cubistic, Cubic, and Cubistp. 187
Jeanneret-Le Corbusier, Painter-Architectp. 195
Anything but Literal: Sigfried Giedion and the Reception of Cubism in Germanyp. 219
Contributorsp. 252
Photographic Creditsp. 255
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780262523288
ISBN-10: 0262523280
Series: Centre Canadien D'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architect
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 7th March 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.05 x 18.8  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.54