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Dean Massey, Bergdoll Publishes Essay Collection on Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions

Saturday, June 30, 2018

In June, U-M Taubman College Dean Jonathan Massey and Museum of Modern Art Curator of Architecture and Design Barry Bergdoll published essay collections, Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions.  

The book is a collection of essays by a group of scholars, which examine Breuer’s approach and way of working, his strategies and his signature buildings. These essays draw on an abundance of newly available documents held in the Breuer Archive at Syracuse University.

Often seen as a pioneer of a “brutalist modernism” of reinforced concrete, Breuer might best be understood through the lens of the changing institutional structures in and for which he worked. More recently historians, architects, and – with the reopening of the great megalith of his Whitney Museum as the Met Breuer in New York – a larger public are gaining new insights into the cities and large-scale buildings Breuer planned.

A July book signing was held at the Met Bruer in New York.