Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light
'He transcended materials to arrive at functional buildings of an ethereal delicacy.' - The New York Times
The French architect, Henri Labrouste died in 1875, at 74, having left behind two of the great buildings of the 19th century, the Bibliothèque Ste.-Geneviève and the Bibliothèque Nationale, two buildings were described by The New York Times as 'miracles of stone, iron and glass construction'.
His influence has been long-lasting, not only on the development of the modern library but also on the exploration of new uses of space and materials in public spaces.
This publication, accompanying MoMA's 2013 exhibition, presents nearly 225 works in all media, including drawings, watercolours, vintage and modern photographs, film stills and architectural models and includes essays exploring Labrouste's work and legacy.
- Author: Barry Bergdoll, MoMA's Chief Curator of Architecture
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Date published: April 2013
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0870708398
- Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 24.9 x 3 cm
'A catalogue with essays by each curator, as well as by Levine and David Van Zanten, will further illuminate the solecistic inventiveness of this student of the Ecole who at once brilliantly articulated and subtly but forcefully undermined its classical orthodoxies' - ArtForum
'Labrouste (1801-75) gracefully transformed the classical language of masonry into an architecture suffused with space and light by exploiting the new structural possibilities of iron in his civic monuments' - Architectural Record
'Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light, at the Museum of Modern Art, is elegant and astringent, like Labrouste’s work. The name may not ring a bell, but don’t let that stop you from seeing the show. It is gorgeous' - The New York Times