Montage and the Metropolis Architecture, Modernity, and the Representation of Space Martino Stierli

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
06 Mar 2018
ISBN:
9780300221312
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
320 pages: 254 x 178mm
Illustrations:
72 color + 85 b-w illus.

Montage has been hailed as one of the key structural principles of modernity, yet its importance to the history of modern thought about cities and their architecture has never been adequately explored. In this groundbreaking new work, Martino Stierli charts the history of montage in late 19th-century urban and architectural contexts, its application by the early 20th-century avant-garde, and its eventual embrace by the postmodernist movement. With chapters focusing on photomontage, the film theories of Sergei Eisenstein, Mies van der Rohe’s spatial experiments, and Rem Koolhaas’s use of literary montage in his seminal manifesto Delirious New York (1978), Stierli demonstrates the centrality of montage in modern explorations of space, and in conceiving and representing the contemporary city. Beautifully illustrated, this interdisciplinary book looks at architecture, photography, film, literature, and visual culture, featuring works by artists and architects including Mies, Koolhaas, Hannah Höch, George Grosz, El Lissitzky, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Martino Stierli is Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

“A stunning, complex reassessment of architectural modernism, recast in its very essence through lucid discussions of significant relationships like Mies van der Rohe and Dada, and Eisenstein and Constructivism.”—Jean-Louis Cohen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Montage and the Metropolis is a substantial achievement. The author has synthesized large bodies of existing research elegantly to provide a compelling history of architectural montage in modernism, with a provocative extension to the postmodern.”—Claire Zimmerman, author of Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century