Surrealism and Architecture examines a long overlooked topic: the
relationship of surrealist thought to architectural theory and
practice. This is a historically informed examination of
architecture's perceived absence in surrealist thought, surrealist
tendencies in the theories and projects of modern architecture and
the place of surrealist thought in contemporary design methods and
theories. This book represents the most current insights into the
historical and contemporary relationships of surrealism in the
thought and practice of modern architecture. Of all the artistic
modernism affecting the design of buildings and cities, only
surrealism has remained unexplored, yet the surrealist critiques of
rationalism, orthodoxy, and the spatial production of meaning have
a place in the history of modernism. In the 20 essays, the role of
the subconscious, the techniques of defamiliarization, aesthetic
and social forces affecting the objects, interiors, cities and
landscapes of the 20th century are revealed in the works of Breton,
Dali, Aragon, Le Corbusier, Neimeyer, Kiefer, Hejduk, Tschumi, and
others ranging across the history of modern art and architecture.;
The book contains a diversity of voices, methodologies, and
insights to bring into sharp focus what is often suppressed in the
histories of the modernist avant-garde. This comprehensive
collection examines the theoretical, visual, and spatial practices
of writers, artists, architects, and urbanists with particular
emphasis on the critique of the everyday world-view, offering
alternative models of subjectivity, artistic effect, and the
production of meanings in the built world. With the renewed
interest in the surrealist movement, this timely collection of
illustrated essays is the first to look at the architectural
possibilities of this distinct modern artistic movement which was
interdisciplinary and international. This book offers a model for a
new approach to historically rigorous analysis of interdisciplinary
artistic practice. It will be of interest to scholars in the
histories of modernism, students and practitioners of art and
architecture, cultural studies, and urban studies.
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