Designing UNESCO: "Art, Architecture and International Politics at Mid-Century "

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Routledge, Jul 5, 2017 - Art - 412 pages
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Designing UNESCO: Art, Architecture and International Politics at Mid-Century represents the first full-length monograph on the genesis, construction and reception of the Paris headquarters of the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The book traces the long and complex birth of UNESCO's permanent seat from its conception in 1950 to its inauguration in 1958, showing how its history constitutes a unique nexus of modernist practices in twentieth-century international politics, art, architecture and criticism. Drawing on a wide range of unpublished archival material and examining critical reception of the building in the local and international press, Christopher Pearson's analysis operates on formal, structural and theoretical levels, revealing many of the largely unspoken assumptions of modern architecture at mid-century and elucidating the conflicted relation between art and science in the post-war period. The volume also throws new light on many of the major architects and artists of the period, among them Breuer, Gropius, Le Corbusier and Eero Saarinen, as well as Picasso, Moore, Mir?rp, Calder and Noguchi. Designing UNESCO is a compelling and original account of one of the most important, yet under-appreciated, buildings of twentieth-century modernism.
 

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Contents

UNESCO as form and symbol
1
the institutional and intellectual origins of UNESCO
29
Le Corbusier in Paris and at the United Nations
71
the first project 1952
113
the Porte Maillot project 1952
139
the final project 1953
177
construction 195358
199
8 The art advisers
223
the art of UNESCO
255
10 Conclusions
315
the later history of UNESCO headquarters
335
Bibliography
345
Index
375
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