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Modernism as memory : building identity in the Federal Republic of Germany

Author: Kathleen James-Chakraborty
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, 2018.
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"After World War II, West Germans and West Berliners found ways of communicating both their recent sufferings and aspirations for stable communities through buildings that fused the ruins of historicist structures with new constructions rooted in the modernism of the 1910s and '20s. As Modernism as Memory illustrates, these postwar practices undergird the approaches later taken in influential structures created or  Read more...
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James-Chakraborty, Kathleen, 1960-
Modernism as memory.
Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017042182
(OCoLC)982091858
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen James-Chakraborty
ISBN: 9781452956268 145295626X 9781452956251 1452956251
OCLC Number: 1017738355
Notes: Machine generated contents note: Contents Introduction: Making Memory Modern 1. Making German Architecture Modern 2. Inserting Memory into Modern Architecture: West German Churches 3. An Architecture of Fragmentation and Absence: West German Museums 4. Critical Reconstruction or Neo-Modernist Shards? Post-unification Berlin 5. Manufacturing Memory in the Ruhr Region 6. Assimilating Modern Memory Conclusion: The Kolumba Museum in Cologne Acknowledgments Notes Index.
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"After World War II, West Germans and West Berliners found ways of communicating both their recent sufferings and aspirations for stable communities through buildings that fused the ruins of historicist structures with new constructions rooted in the modernism of the 1910s and '20s. As Modernism as Memory illustrates, these postwar practices undergird the approaches later taken in influential structures created or renovated in Berlin following the fall of the Wall, including the Jewish Museum and the Reichstag, the New Museum and the Topography of Terror. While others have characterized contemporary Berlin's museums and memorials as postmodern, Kathleen James-Chakraborty argues that these environments are examples of an "architecture of modern memory" that is much older, more complex, and historically contingent. She reveals that churches and museums repaired and designed before 1989 in Duren, Hanover, Munich, Neviges, Pforzheim, Stuttgart, and Weil am Rhein contributed to a modernist precedent for the relationship between German identity and the past developed since then in the Ruhr region and in Berlin. Modernism as Memory demonstrates that how one remembers can be detached from what one remembers, contrasting ruins with recollections of modernism to commemorate German suffering, the Holocaust, and the industrial revolution, as well as new spaces for Islam in the country"--

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