Die Architektur des Expressionismus

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Die Architektur des Expressionismus

By Wolfgang Pehnt


2003. 368 pp., 541 ills.


25.90 x 32.70 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-0668-1

"Architecture must be the most thoughtful of the arts" - as a contemporary wrote in 1920. But Expressionist architects were seeking dreams and euphoria, the renewal of society and the individual. Drawing on the great days of the past, they set their hopes on a distant future. They were searching for the 'Gesamtkunstwerk' and their aim "through colour and form" was "to instil joy and pleasure and sadness alike." For too long, scant attention has been paid to the sometimes sentimental designs but also to the completed projects of this era. This book by Wolfgang Pehnt is still regarded as the standard work on the subject and has been translated into various languages. This third edition has been completely revised and now includes Catalonian Modernism and Prague Cubism as well as 'Stage and Theatre' designs by Expressionist architects. Individual chapters are devoted to different architects, including Hans Poelzig and Peter Behrens. The chapters on Expressionism and new building and on Expressionism and Nazi architecture underline the fact that Expressionism did not come to an end with inflation. In this new edition, the book also now contains many additional sources and fine colour illustrations. Wolfgang Pehnt, born 1931 in Kassel. Architectural historian and critic. 1956: doctorate in Frankfurt am Main. 1957-1995: Director of Art and Literature at the Deutschlandfunk. Since 1995: Professor for the History of Building at the University of Bochum. Numerous publications on 20th century architecture.

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