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Modernity and Early Cultures

Reconsidering non western references for modern architecture in a cross-cultural perspective

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Edited By Anna Minta and Bernd Nicolai

At the beginning of the 20th century, the discovery of early cultures exerted a formative influence on modern architecture. Discussions on early civilizations in the Middle East, South-East Asia, and the pre-Columbian cultures of North and South America as well as new perceptions of archaism and primitivism revolutionized the production of art and architecture.
In this anthology, European and North and South American scholars from various fields address art and architectural theory to show the avant-garde’s historical relation to archaeology and its influence on the development of Modernism. Contributors include Can Bilsel (San Diego), Luis E. Carranza (Rhode Island), Johannes Cramer (Berlin), Christian Freigang (Frankfurt), Maria P. Gindhart (Atlanta), Jorge F. Liernur (Buenos Aires), Anna Minta (Bern), and Bernd Nicolai (Bern).

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Contributors CAN BILSEL Ph. D. in Architecture, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture and Art History, University of San Diego/CA. Recent Publications: Antiquity on Display: Regimes of the Authentic in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum (Oxford University Press) forthcoming 2011; Our Anatolia: Organicism and the Making of the Humanist Culture in Turkey, in: Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World. Theme Issue: Historiography and Ideology: Architectural Heritage of the ‘Lands of Rum,’ ed. by Gülru Necipoglu, Sibel Bozdogan, 24/2007, pp. 223–242. LUIS E. CARRANZA B. Arch, Ph. D. in Architectural History and Theory, Professor of Archi- tecture at Roger Williams University, Bristol/RI. Recent Publications: Architecture as Revolution: Episodes in the History of Modern Mexico, Austin/TX 2010; Mathias Goeritz: Architecture, Mono- chrome and Revolution, in: Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts: Mexico Theme Issue 25/2010, pp. 245–276. JOHANNES CRAMER Dr.-Ing., Professor of History of Architecture and Urbanism, School of Archi- tecture, Berlin Institute of Technology. Recent publications: Constructing Urban Identity by Architecture, in: Sengül Öymen Gür (Ed.): Livenarch IV, Istanbul 2009, pp. 23–32; Architecture in Existing Fabric, Planning, Design Building, Basel/Boston/Berlin, 2007; CHRISTIAN FREIGANG Dr. phil., Professor at the Department of Art History, University of Frank- furt/M. Recent publications: Meisterwerke des Kirchenbaus, Stuttgart 2009; Ju- gendstil und Akademismus als “öffentlicher Dienst”: zur Architektur in Frankreich um 1900, in: Christoph Brachmann, Thomas Steigenberger (eds.): Ein Schwede in Berlin. Der Architekt und Designer Alfred Grenander und die Berliner Architektur (1890...

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