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The Unknown Bernard Rudofsky

I think it is safe to say that the paradigmatic narrative of mid-20th-century Modernism in architecture was shaped by the work of those with whom the International Style has been identified ever since the Museum of Modern Art exhibition of that name, curated by Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock in 1932. Indeed, the work of two of those figures, Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, not only defined architectural discourse during the period but it was the commercial proliferation of their once utopian vision that helped to insure that modernism itself would be misunderstood as narrow, parochial, and resistant to complexity or contradiction, to invoke a famous line of post-modern critique. The work of Bernard Rudofsky departs significantly from this oversimplified view of modernism, contributing a much more nuanced, textured model that enables us to understand that modernism itself was far more complex, contradictory, and just plain interesting than we have heretofore understood to be the case.

In fact, Bernard Rudofsky’s work, both built and written, presents a considerable challenge to anyone who engages with it. Just how the various parts of his oeuvre relate to one another is not always easy to understand; anyone who takes only a quick glance at his work may come away thinking that it is full of contradictions. For example, early in his career, Rudofsky built some very beautiful houses in a modernist formal vocabulary in Italy and Brazil, but his writings could be read as rejections of modernism ...

Wim de Wit

is Adjunct Curator of Architecture and Design at the Cantor Arts Center of Stanford University in Stanford CA. He studied history of art at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (NL) and graduated with a thesis on De Amsterdamse School. He was a researcher and curator at the Nederlands Documentatiecentrum voor de Bouwkunst in Amsterdam and at the Historical Society in Chicago. From 1993 on he worked in different positions at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles and there from 2008-2013 was Head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art.

He published internationally in scholarly journals and books and curated several major exhibitions, including Julius Shulman, Modernity and the Metropolis (2005); Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky (2008); Overdrive: L. A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 (2013).

He also built a world-class architectural collection at the GRI, with particular emphasis on pre-World War II European modernism and post-war California architecture.

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de Wit, Wim

The Unknown Bernard Rudofsky

20 Seiten

6,00 Euro

Ma├če: 20,0 x 13,0 cm

ISBN: 978-3-86485-094-3

Hamburg 2017

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