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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: Josef Paul Kleihues

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Chicago: Josef Paul Kleihues

SIZE: 13” high x 8” wide
MATERIALS: Hardcover with dust jacket
Josef P. Kleihues achieved international recognition with his work as planning director of the Internationale Bauaustellung in Berlin International Building Exhibition, IBA 1984/87 and as architect for a large number of remarkable buildings and projects. These include numerous museums, of which some were presented to the American public in an exhibition in New York in 1989. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, completed in 1996, was his first building in the USA. It is sited near the “Magnificent Mile,” between the Water Tower and Lake Michigan, and houses the MCA’s prestigious collection of contemporary art, also offering a great deal of space for temporary exhibitions and other activities. The particular quality of the new building lies in the fact that it appears closed from the outside but inside turns out to be generous and open.

The Chicago museum places Kleihues in the long line of German architects who have planned and built in this important architectural metropolis. His particular concern here was to examine the different architectural traditions of Europe and America. The present publication takes this examination by Kleihues as a starting-point for demonstrating the various aspects of the place and to bring out the significance of the new building by the fact that it appears in the spirit of the genius loci as the point where different historical and urban qualities meet and invites the viewer to continue to address these. For this reason this detailed documentation of the building is complemented by chapters on the urban development of the site, the Chicago School of Architecture and the German architects who planned and built in Chicago from the mid-nineteenth century.

Andrea Mesecke and Thorsten Scheer. 127 pages, Gebr. Mann Verlag. Learn more.
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