Modern Visionaries : Paul Scheerbart, Bruno Taut, Paul Goesch - the exhibition catalogue from Berlinische Galerie available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Modern Visionaries : Paul Scheerbart, Bruno Taut, Paul Goesch

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A beautifully illustrated book of architectural fantasies, drawings, and writings by three German visionaries of early modernism

While the economy of the young Weimar Republic struggled to recover, its pioneering art drew on highly versatile sources – from crystal grottoes to galactic castles in the air – precisely because there was so little money to build with. 

Modern Visionaries, the exhibition catalogue for a show at Berlinische Galerie, focuses on architectural blueprints and designs by three early 20th-century visionaries: Scheerbart, Taut and Goesch. Around 1914, the novelist, poet and inventor Paul Scheerbart (1863-1915) inspired the young architect Bruno Taut (1880-1938) with his ideas for coloured glass buildings. Paul Goesch (1885-1940), a trained architect, produced hundreds of fantasy drawings. 

The book presents some eighty previously unpublished watercolours by Paul Goesch alongside texts and drawings by Paul Scheerbart and Bruno Taut as well as by other members of "The Glass Chain" (Die glaserne Kette) - a forum for utopian architecture founded by Taut in 1919.

Outstanding Academic Title, 2017 - Choice

  • Author: Annelie Lütgens is curator of Berlinische Galerie's collection of prints and drawings
  • Paperback: 200 pages | 112 colour and 22 black and white illustrations
  • Date published: April 2016
  • Language: English and German
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-3858815101
  • Product Dimensions: 27.0 x 23.0 cm

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