EXPRESSIONIST UTOPIAS: PARADISE, METROPOLIS, ARCHITECTURAL FANTASY. Timothy O. Benson et al. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1993. Distributed by University of Washington Press, Seattle. 324 pp. with 274 ills. (57 col.). 32 x 24 cm. LC 93-33948 ISBN 0295973242 In English.
A major examination of the modernist utopian ideals informing German Expressionist art and architecture during the 1910s and 20s, this catalogue illustrates more than 160 prints and drawings and some 60 sculptural objects, collages and other works culled from dozens of international collections, the selection including visionary architectural sketches, depictions of urban scenes, studies of nudes in idyllic pastoral settings, and avant-garde stage designs by Taut, Mendelsohn, Poelzig, Kirchner, Hoch, Heckel, Pechstein, Schlemmer, Itten, Kandinsky, Klee and a host of other figures. Profiles of the artists and an anthology of manifestos, letters, journal articles and other writings related to the architectural, artistic and cultural dialogues of the period supplement five substantial essays discussing the displacement of arcadian concepts of a natural paradise by visions of man-made utopian environments, the communal studio established by the Dresden Brucke group, the new theories of urban society advanced by Expressionist philosophers and artists, the relationship of Romantic ideas of the sublime to the works of visionary architects in Germany, and the ambiguous character of the futuristic world portrayed in Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Germany — 1900-1945 — Several Media — Expressionism
Worldwide Number: 024271
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