The role of public art in forging hybrid ‘realist-modernist’ architecture and public spaces in the GDR.

Jenkins, Jessica ORCID logoORCID: (2023) The role of public art in forging hybrid ‘realist-modernist’ architecture and public spaces in the GDR. In: Matrix Modern East European Modernism. Kunstsammlung Chemnitz, Chemnitz. ISBN 978-3-98501-179-7 (Submitted)

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Abstract / Summary

How do we define “modernist” in the East German context? Should scholars be pointing to the differences or the similarities with the once impenetrable fortress of Western modernism? A nuanced picture helps to identify the uniqueness and thus case for appropriate evaluation in terms of heritage of East German architectural ensembles.

In spite of the pressures created by the shift to industrialised building the ‘realist’ ideal of a socialist architecture, was able to continually re-invent itself.

Whilst the term was not embraced by reforming theorists and practitioners who sought to be ‘modern’ and ‘modernist’, these reformers too sought to locate but largely dematerialise the socialist qualities of architecture. The dilemma of how satisfy realist demands and modernist desires was in large part resolved through the role played by public art within a built environment, conceptualised within the discipline of design as it emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 978-3-98501-179-7
Subjects: Arts > Architecture
Geography & Environment > International
Public Exhibition
Arts > Sculpture
Courses by Department: The School of Communication > Graphic Design
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Depositing User: Jessica Jenkins
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2021 16:46
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2024 15:01


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