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Advancing a Different Modernism

1st Edition

By S.A. Mansbach


82 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Advancing a Different Modernism analyzes a long-ignored but formative aspect of modern architecture and art. By examining selective buildings by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1850-1923) and by the Slovenian designer Jože Plecnik (1872-1957), the book reveals the fundamental political and ideological conservatism that helped shape modernism’s history and purpose. This study thus revises the dominant view of modernism as a union of progressive forms and progressive politics. Instead, this innovative volume promotes a nuanced and critical consideration of how architecture was creatively employed to advance radically new forms and methods, while simultaneously consolidating an essentially conservative nationalist self-image.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Critical and Theoretical Introduction

Chapter 2: Progressive Architecture for a Conservative Catalonia

Chapter 3: Jože Plečnik, an Idiosyncratic Slovenian Modernist

Chapter 4: Reflections on Modernism’s Complexity


About the Author

Steven Mansbach is Distinguished University Professor and Professor of the History of Twentieth-Century Art at the University of Maryland.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies

Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies presents short-form books on varied topics within the fields of art history and visual studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
ARCHITECTURE / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Art & Politics
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism