The dynamic reciprocal relationship between sculpture and architecture is one of the moste fascinating phenomena of twentieth-century art. At the time of its birth in the nineteenth century, modern sculpture drew significant impulses from architectural history. Thus, for example, Aristide Maillol was inspired by classical architecture, the Constructivists by that of the Gothic period. Sculpture actually evolved into a form of walk-through architeture (Dan Graham) in the installation art of the 1970s, completely changing the ways in which viewers perceived their own bodies. Conversely, architects began modeling their buildings according to sculptural principles in the 1920s (Goetheanum). In view of recent developments in architecture, especially the digital, biomorphic projects of such blobmeisters as Greg Lynn and NOC, one is even prompted to as whether the history of contemporary sculpture is not actually being written by the architecture of our time. This richly illustrated publication featuring some 370 images explores this largely overlooed phenomenon in a very unusual approach. The dialogue between these two fields of aesthetics is traced from the eighteenth century to the present in ten chapters, each presenting astonishing juxtapositions of sculptures and architectural models by outstanding sculptors and architects.
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