Erich Mendelsohn and the Architecture of German Modernism (Modern Architecture and Cultural Identity)

Erich Mendelsohn and the Architecture of German Modernism (Modern Architecture and Cultural Identity)

By: Kathleen James (author)Hardback

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Erich Mendelsohn's buildings, erected throughout Germany between 1920 and 1932, epitomised architectural modernity for his countrymen. This study examines his department stores, office buildings, and cinemas, counterparts to the famous housing projects built during the same years in Frankfurt and Berlin. Demonstrating the degree to which their dynamic presence stemmed from Mendelsohn's attention to their consumer-oriented functions, James shows Mendelsohn to be more than an Expressionist, as he is usually characterised. James recounts how his architecture closely reflects the controversies over modernity, including relativity, consumerism, and urban planning, that raged during the years of the Weimar Republic. She also illustrates how much Mendelsohn's thriving practice depended on the patronage of fellow German Jews, many of whom shared his commitment to creating alternatives to the nationalistic historicism of the late Wilhelmine period.


1. A concrete monument to relativity; 2. Rhythms of motors and speed of life: the appeal of foreign modernisms; 3. The docking of the Mauretania and other experiments in 'style Mendelsohn'; 4. An architecture of the metropolis; 5. Advertising, transparency and light: no Rococo Palace for Buster Keaton; 6. Banana wholesalers and combines that run department stores; 7. A splendid demonstration of the modern spirit; Conclusion.

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  • ISBN13: 9780521571685
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 350
  • ID: 9780521571685
  • weight: 820
  • ISBN10: 0521571685

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