March 16, 2007
Love it or hate it, we live in a Modern world. Although others
might have different definitions for what constitutes the
Modernist era, "Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939,"
opening tomorrow at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, in Washington,
D.C., restricts its focus to the movement's early years. But
this time period is plenty large. It includes key movements
such as Constructivism and the Bauhaus-not to mention architects
as diverse in their take on Modernism as Frank Lloyd Wright,
Le Corbusier, and Richard Neutra.
With more than 400 images and objects, the show explores
everything from architecture and painting, to dance and film.
Although it pays less attention to product design, among the
show's highlights is a recreated kitchen concept from Germany,
in which all the appliances are integrated into the walls
and surfaces. London's Victoria and Albert Museum organized
the exhibit, which will be on view at the Corcoran until July