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World's Largest Mondrian

The Hague is hosting the “world’s largest Mondrian painting” on the façade of its City Hall. It’s in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the founding of De Stijl, a Dutch modernist movement. Piet Mondrian was a chief progenitor who inspired the likes of Maarten Baas, Joris Laarman and Piet Hein Eek, who are still influenced by the […]

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Alexandra Lange wrote a brilliant piece on the modernist architect Gunnar Birkerts, who died this week at the age of 92. Birkerts was born in Latvia but fled his home towards the end of WWII as Russian troops entered. After graduating from Technische Hochschule in 1949, Birkerts eventually opened an office in Detroit. His love […]

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Podcasts are all the rage now so here’s one dedicated to modernism through the ages. The Modernist Podcast is a monthly discussion of art, literature and culture in the early twentieth century, “providing academics with a platform to share their research with the wider community”. Episodes include “Modernism, Women and Feminism”, “Queer Modernism”, and “Modernism […]

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NOSFERATU - German Expressionist classic

German expressionism helped shaped cinema during the Modernist period. Open Culture have selected 10 iconic films to watch for free, from Nosferatu to the prophetic classic Metropolis. German Expressionism ended in 1933 when the Nazis came to power. They weren’t interested in asking uncomfortable questions and viewed such dark tales of cinematic angst as unpatriotic. […]

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The Barcelona Pavilion is one of the greatest and most famous pieces of modernist architecture. It was originally designed for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe but was demolished after the exposition ended. Mies had a series of photographs taken of the building beforehand and thanks to these […]

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