East European Modernism: Architecture in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland Between the Wars 1919-1939

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Wojciech G. Lesnikowski, Vladimír Šlapeta
Thames & Hudson, 1996 - Architecture - 304 pages
Suppressed by the former communist governments and overshadowed by a focus on German and Dutch early modernism, the outstanding achievements of functionalist architects in Eastern Europe have been largely ignored by historians and critics. this book is the first retrospective ever published of functionalist buildings completed between the wars, the "Golden Age" of modernism, in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland. It is illustrated with rare archival and current photographs of the most famous and exemplary projects in each country: sanatoriums, hotels, sports facilities, private houses, offices, and religious and governmental buildings. Among the illustrious architects whose work is presented here are Karel Teige, Bohuslav Fuchs, and Josef Gocar of Czechoslovakia; Alfred Forbat and Jozsef Fischer of Hungary; and Lucian Korngold, Barbara and Stanislaw Brukalski, and Bohdeon Lachert of Poland. An introductory essay examines functionalism in Eastern Europe from an international perspective; essays by prominent architectural historians from Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland explore competing ideas and functionalism in each country.

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Wojciech Lesnikowski was born in Poland and currently is the Don Hatch Distinguished Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Kansas. He has practiced architecture in Poland, France, and the United States, and is the author or co-author of four books, including The New French Architecture (Rizzoli, 1990).

Vladimir Slapeta is Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague, where he is also a professor; Janos Bonta is a professor emeritus of architecture at the Polytechnical University of Budapest; John Macsai is a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a practicing architect; Olgierd Czerner is a professor of architecture at the Polytechnic Institute of Wroclaw in Poland and Director of the Museum of Modern Art

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