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PDF | Review of Museum of Modern Art Exhibtion, Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light. Featured image is reproduced from Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light< Henri Labrouste is one of the few nineteenth-century architects consistently. To cite this article: Joanna Merwood-Salisbury () Exhibition: 'Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light', The Journal of Architecture, , , DOI.

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Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Modern Architecture: His influence was both immediate and long-lasting, not only on the development of the modern library but also on the exploration of new paradigms of space, materials and luminosity in places of great public assembly.

And one of the show’s main statements is that Labrouste is an early Modern with a capital M architect, due to his use of modern materials iron, concrete and systems and the way in which his libraries defined the modern institution.

Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light

The photo of the corridor, above, was taken on my way out, in a slow moment. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives moma. His spaces are at once overwhelming in the daring modernity of their exposed metal frameworks, lightweight walls, and brightness, and immersive in their timelessness. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

This article may be used for research, teaching, and private study purposes. Here the of Labrouste, one in which he is concerned just as promised focus on Labrouste as a modern architect much with the quality of interior space produced in his own right yielded to the simultaneously more by the structure as with the structure itself. Featured image is reproduced from Henri Labrouste: Plans and elevations from Classical Rome Pantheon, Coliseum are displayed alongside studies of Etruscan tombs, city gates Perugia, ; Volterra, ; Citadel of Alastri, and Pompeii.

The photo above is looking toward the latter, as if the stacks ro same sort of structural system used at the New York Public Library that Norman Foster and NYPL want to remove are the most modern aspect of Labrouste’s libraries.


For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. On the neutral beige ground of the city and its surrounding stone landscape, Labrouste applied touches of ocher on the crenellations above the arched entryway as well as on the pilasters and entablatures of the buildings that meld into the sloping hillside, and he traced the outlines of cornices and a pediment with dabs of pale blue according with the color of the sky.

Please send comments about this review to editor. Posted by John Hill at 6: The framing of Labrouste as an early modern architect doesn’t necessarily come to the fore in the first of the larger exhibition spaces, pictured above.

The many drawings and Labrouste’s drawing instruments, a nice treat in the corridor are worth beholding, but they create an arterial clog of sorts in the exhibition that is not relieved labouste moving through the glass doors at the other end. To cite this article: Labrouste also sought a redefinition of architecture by introducing new materials and new building technologies. Artforum Edward Eigen A catalogue with essays by each curator, as well as hnri 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.

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Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light

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It illustrates a sort of “everything is contemporary at some time” aspect to Labrouste’s architecture, while also driving home the importance of hand drawing in conveying ideas and exploring design and construction. Press release 6 pages. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders. The two magisterial glass-and-iron reading rooms he built in Paris gave form to the idea of the modern library as a collective While the beautiful photos of the two libraries on top of this post and below my exhibition photos are the primary means by which the exhibition is being shared in the media, the show is predominantly drawings and a few models.


You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. Henri Stricture is one of the few nineteenth-century architects consistently lionized as a precursor of modern architecture throughout the twentieth century and into our own time.

Visit the CAA Website. The contents of the catalogue are divided into three sections: Click here to sign up. The vast, arched reading rooms were architecturally novel in their use of structural cast iron broughh the stacks and trusses, but they also labrouuste unprecedented emphasis on the library, not only as a home for books, but also for the learning and engagement they offer the reader, as well as the value offered to the reader in an enlightened society.

Further, familiar and less interesting story of Labrouste as a they were presented as a nineteenth-century para- pioneer of modern design. View of the reading room.

A Daily Dose of Architecture: Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light

The two magisterial glass-and-iron reading rooms he built in Paris gave form to the idea of the modern library as a collective civic space. Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies. Labrouste made an invaluable impact on 19th-century architecture through his exploration of new paradigms of space, materials, and luminosity in places of great public assembly. The post-modern nature of the tables comes across in the fact that many of the drawings do not rest on the rails at the bottom of each table; they are mounted above.