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Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) Presents “Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture”

October 13, 2009
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) Presents “Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture”

Oct 27, 2009 – Jan 16, 2010 | Atlanta, GA

Marcel Breuer

Enlarge image Marcel Breuer in the Wassily chair (B3), ca. 1926, (© Constance L. Breuer)

To kick off their 2009/2010 season, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) partners with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System to present a dual location exhibit featuring the work of world- renowned German furniture designer and architect Marcel Breuer (1902-1981), arguably one of the most influential designers of the modernist period. Open to the public October 27 – January 16, 2010, the exhibt will be housed at both the MODA galleries and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Branch, the last major public building Breuer designed.

Atlanta Fulton County Library - Designed by Breuer

Atlanta Central Public Library, 1977-80, (© Architectural Photography of Atlanta)

The Marcel Breuer retrospective conceived and organized by Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany is the very first exhibition that also appropriately presents all the different fields in which he was active – and treats them as equal aspects of his oeuvre. While the thematically structured show displays almost all Breuer’s major items of furniture design, his very wide-ranging architectural work is essentially presented in the form of 12 exemplary buildings. In its section entitled “Materials”, the exhibition documents Breuer’s design work chronologically. It takes its cue from the fact that in his furniture designs he used four different materials, one after the other: solid wood, tubular steel, aluminum and plywood.

Interior for the living room at Haus am Horn, Weimar, 1923, (© Bauhaus University Weimar)

Interior for the living room at Haus am Horn, Weimar, 1923, (© Bauhaus University Weimar)

 “I can think of no better place to celebrate the architectural work of Marcel Breuer than in one of his own buildings,” said Brenda Galina, executive director of MODA. “We are honored to share this special exhibit with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and give Atlantans this unique opportunity to experience the work of this important and innovative designer.”

Robinson House, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1947-8, (© David Sundberg)

Robinson House, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1947-8, (© David Sundberg)

“Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture” will be on display to the public at both MODA (285 Peachtree Center Avenue, Marquis II Tower, Atlanta, GA 30303) and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Central Branch (One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303). Tickets can be purchased at either location and are valid for entrance at both exhibits.

Slatted chair ti 1 a, 1924, (© Vitra Design Museum Archive)

Slatted chair ti 1 a, 1924, (© Vitra Design Museum Archive)

For more information, visit

http://www.museumofdesign.org

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