THE MUSEUM PROJECTS
Josef Paul Kleihues
Edited by Kim Shkapich
Museums deal with history, but also primarily with memory. The term anamnesis was slightly changed from the original when translated to mean remembering. It actually means not forgetting.Dr. Claus Baldus
During the seventeen years from 1972 to 1989 Josef Paul Kleihues produced sixteen designs for museums and exhibition halls in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. This volume comprehensively covers seven of these buildings; including the reconstruction of the Palais Ephraim and the Jewish Museum, the reuilitization of a former monastery as the German Museum for Swords and Blades, as well as an expansion proposal for the Städel Museum. The evolution from construction to occupancy of the Museum for Pre-History is narrated in photographs by Hélène Binet which capture the spirit of place. Illustrations include architectural plans, models, and sketches.
A poetic rationalist, the strength of Kleihues’ work lies in the endeavor to transform the reality of an original site into a new ideal reality in which historical elements, building structure, and the building’s context are adapted to his own architectural vocabulary, creating a relationship where building typology and urban form are synthesized.
Foreword by John Jay Iselin. Introduction by John Hejduk. Dialogue between Josef Kleihues and Dr. Claus Baldus. Kleihues studied with Hans Scharoun, has worked with Peter Poeizig, and begin his private practice in Berlin in 1962. In 1979 he was appointed Director of Planning of new construction for the International Building Exposition (IBA) in Berlin. From 198691 he was appointed to The Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished International Professorship at the School of Architecture. Published to coincide with an exhibition in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery.
NY: CO-PUBLISHED WITH RIZZOLI INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS, INC., 1989.
160 PAGES, 8 X 10
104 ILLUSTRATIONS, 29 IN COLOR.
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