Saturday, March 9, 2013

Opens Sunday! Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light

Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light
March 10-June 24, 2013
Special Exhibitions Gallery, Third Floor
The Museum of Modern Art | 11 West 53 Street | New York, NY 10019

[New York], March 9, 2013 - The first solo exhibition on Labrouste in the United States, "Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light" establishes his work as a milestone in the modern evolution of architecture.

Labrouste made an invaluable impact on 19th-century architecture through his exploration of new paradigms of space, materials, and luminosity in places of great public assembly. The exhibition highlights his two magisterial glass-and-iron reading rooms in Paris-the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève (1838-50) and the Bibliothèque nationale (1859-75)-which gave form to the idea of the modern library as a temple of knowledge and as a space for contemplation.

Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light presents a monographic portrait of the architect's voyage of discovery and invention of a challenging new language of architecture within a larger investigation of his influence-from the work of his direct pupils to later architectural masters, including Auguste Perret, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Pier Luigi Nervi. The exhibition includes over 200 works, including models, drawings, period and contemporary photographs, and film projections.

Purchase the exhibition catalogue
Edited by Barry Bergdoll, Corinne Belier, and Marc le Coeur, With Essays by NeilLevine, David Zanten, Martin Bressani, 2013 at MoMA Store:

The exhibition is organized by Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art; Corinne Bélier, Chief Curator, Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine; and Marc Le Cœur, art historian, Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Estampes et de la photographie.

Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light is presented by MoMA, the Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, with the participation of the Académie d'architecture and the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève.

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