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Although the Breslau arts scene was one of the most vibrant in all of Weimar-era Germany, it has largely disappeared from memory. Studies of the influence of Weimar culture on modernism have focused almost exclusively on Berlin and the Dessau Bauhaus, yet the advances that occurred in Breslau affected nearly every intellectual field, forming the basis for aesthetic modernism internationally and having an enduring impact on visual art and architecture. Breslau boasted a thriving modern arts scene and one of the premier German arts academies of the day until the Nazis began their assault on so-called degenerate art. This book charts the cultural production of Breslau-based artists, architects, art collectors, urban designers, and arts educators who operated in the margins of Weimar-era cultural debates. Rather than accepting the radical position of the German avant-garde or the reactionary position of German conservatives, many Breslauers sought a middle ground.

This richly illustrated volume is the first book in English to address this history, constituting an invaluable addition to the literature on the Weimar period. Its readership includes scholars of German history, art, architecture, urban design, planning, collecting, and exhibition history; of the avant-garde, and of the development of arts academies and arts pedagogy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction: Breslau and the Culture of the Weimar Republic
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 1. Tradition and Modernity: Urban Planning in Breslau
  2. pp. 22-50
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  1. 2. Another Way to Understand Modernism: Breslau Wohnung und Werkbund Ausstellung 1929
  2. pp. 51-80
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  1. 3. The Breslau Academy of Fine and Applied Arts
  2. pp. 81-107
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  1. 4. Dissemination of Taste: Breslau Collectors, Arts Associations, and Museums
  2. pp. 108-132
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  1. 5. Between Idealism and Realism: Architecture in Breslau
  2. pp. 133-161
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  1. 6. A Nonideological Modernism: Breslau Artists in the 1920s
  2. pp. 162-195
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 196-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-236
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-256
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472121946
Related ISBN
9780472119905
MARC Record
OCLC
1017612060
Pages
268
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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