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Author Birksted, Jan, 1946-

Title Modernism and the Mediterranean : the Meaght Foundation / Jan K. Birksted
Published Aldershot : Ashgate, 2004


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Description xvi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Series Histories of vision
Histories of vision.
Contents Introduction: The commission -- 1. 'A moment of euphoria' -- Sect. I. The Labyrinth -- 2. The Labyrinth -- 3. Knossos -- Sect. II. The Mediterranean -- 4. The Mediterranean -- 5. Narratives -- Sect. III. The pools -- 6. The pools -- 7. Reflections -- Conclusion: The aftermath -- 8. 1974 -- Academic envoi: Spatial temporality
Summary "Situated in a Mediterranean landscape, the Maeght Foundation is a unqiue Modernist museum, product of an extraordinary collaboration between the architect, Jose Luis Sert, and the artists whose work was to be displayed there. The architecture, garden design and art offer a rare opportunity to see work in settings conceived in active collaboration with the artists themselves."
"By focusing on the relationship between this art foundation and its Arcadian setting, including Joan Miro's labyrinth, George Braque's pool, Tal-Coat's mosaic wall and Giacometti's terrace, Jan K. Birksted demonstrates how the building articulates many of the ideas that preoccupied this group of artists during the culminating years of their lives. The study pays special attention to the ways in which architecture can shape the experience of time, and addresses the Modernist desire for wilderness and its problematic roots in the classical Mediterranean ideal. In showing how the design of the Maeght Foundation is a Modernist representation of Mediterranean culture, the author has developed an interpretation of architecture that accommodates not only the architect's handling of material or function, but shows as well how it can be the embodiment of a particular vision of space and time."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliography and index
Subject Sert, José Luis, 1902-1983 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Sert, JoseÌ Luis, 1902- -- Criticism and interpretation
Sert, José Luis, 1902-1983.
Foundation Maeght
Fondation Maeght -- Buildings.
Art museum architecture -- France.
Modern movement (Architecture) -- France.
Landscape design -- France.
Modernism (Art) -- Mediterranean Region.
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Space (Architecture) -- France -- Saint-Paul (Alpes-Maritimes)
Vernacular architecture -- Mediterranean Region -- Influence.
Natural landscaping -- Influence.
Saint-Paul (Alpes-Maritimes, France) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
LC no. 2003535147
ISBN 075460179X alkaline paper
Other Titles Maeght Foundation