MoMA’s upcoming exhibitionHenri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light celebrates the impact of this 19th century architect on space, materials, luminosity and on great places of assembly. The exhibition will run from March 10th to June 24th, 2013 and will be the first solo exhibition of Labrouste’s work in the United States.
More on ‘Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light’ after the break.
Labrouste’s architecture pushed the capabilities of materials and building technologies. The sublime reading rooms of the two Parisian libraries, the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève (1838–50) and the Bibliothèque nationale (1859–75) evoke a drama created by exposed metal frameworks, thin masonry walls, and stunning luminosity.
The exhibit will feature over 200 works from watercolors and original drawings to photographs, flims and architectural models and will be divided into three sections that will trace different developments in Labrouste’s career. Part one will cover 1818-1938, tracing Labrouste’s philosophy of architecture and practice in ancient Rome and modern Paris. He developed notions on architecture as being an accumulation of histories that followed the evolution of society. This portion of the exhibit also looks into the way in which Labrouste looked at public ceremonies.
The second section of the exhibit covers the principal works of architecture in his career through drawings, analytical models, and photographs. The final section will examine the legacy of Labrouste’s career, featuring works of an array of architects such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Pier Luigi Nervi.
Henri Labrouste (1801-1875). Etruscan tomb, known as delle Bighe, Corneto (nowadays Tarquinia). Plan of the ceiling and elevation of the back wall. 1829. Pen, ink and watercolor on paper. Cliché Bibliothèque nationale de France
Henri Labrouste (French, 1801-1875). The Pantheon, Rome. Capital and base of a column of the portico. 1825-1830. Pen, ink, graphite and watercolor on paper. Académie d’Architecture, Paris
Henri Labrouste (French, 1801-1875). Tomb of Caecilia Metella on the Appian Way, Rome. Details of the frieze and profile of the entablature. 1825-1830. Pen, ink, wash and watercolor highlights on paper. Académie d’Architecture, Paris
Henri Labrouste (1801-1875). Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, 1838-1850. Southwest corner: elevation and section. Late 1850. Pen, ink, graphite, wash and watercolor on paper. Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris
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