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Who Is Marcel Breuer?

By October 29, 2009

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Central Library in Atlanta, Georgia
Talk of Bauhaus usually zeros in on Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and their followers. Often overlooked is Marcel Breuer (1902--1981) who designed tubular steel furnishings, the Wassily arm chair, and other iconic Bauhaus furnishings. Buildings by Breuer have fallen out of favor, and yet they represent an important part of the Bauhaus movement.

A roaming exhibition produced by Germany's Vitra Design Museum is now showing at the Museum of Design Atlanta and the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library in Atlanta, Georgia. The concrete library building was designed Marcel Breuer and illustrates the heavy, Brutalist - or Béton Brut - approach that he turned to. Completed in 1980, the building is now on the 2010 World Monuments Watch List of Most Endangered Sites.

The Marcel Breuer exhibit continues in Atlanta through January 16, 2010.

Above: Central Library in Atlanta Georgia by Marcel Breuer. Photo cc Earlopogous.

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