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E-MUSEUMS: CAN MoMA TAKE YOU TO PARIS?

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MoMA AND THE USE OF NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGY

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Bibliothèque nationale

MoMA presents

Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light, at the Museum of Modern Art is the first solo exhibition of Labrouste’s work in the United States, establishes his
work as a milestone in the modern evolution of architecture … Labrouste made an invaluable impact on 19th-century architecture through his
exploration of new paradigms of space, materials, and luminosity in places of great public assembly.

His two magisterial glass-and-iron reading rooms in Paris, the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève* (1838–50) and the Bibliothèque nationale (1859–75), gave form to the idea of the
modern library as a temple of knowledge and as a space for contemplation. Labrouste also sought a redefinition of architecture by introducing new materials and new building technologies.

The exhibition includes over 200 works, from original drawings—many of them watercolors of haunting beauty and precision—to vintage and modern photographs, films, architectural models, and fragments. Labrouste made an invaluable impact on 19th-century architecture through his exploration of new paradigms of space, materials, and luminosity in places of great public assembly.

MOMA- FUFILLING THE MUSEUEM’S MISSION

This blog looks at the use of New Media Technology to fulfill a museuem’s mission of bringing art to the public. New Media technology, used creatively, can make art accessible to everyone. In the clip below, Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, takes Artinfo on a tour of Henri Labrouste’s “Structure Brought to Light.” Notice first, that Mr. Bergdoll is not a “talking head.” He keeps the focus totally on the exhibit, not on himself. This is an important quality. Second, his explanations are clear and concise, so that everyone may understand the exhibition. Third, his enthusiasm is infectious. This not only makes the viewer want to see the exhibit, but helps to demystify the “museum experience” and make it fun!

A FURTHER USE OF THE NEW MEDIA- Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light

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Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light

The book is published in conjunction with the first exhibition devoted to Labrouste in the United States—and the first anywhere in the world in nearly forty years—this book is the result of a four-year research project into the entirety of Labrouste’s production. It presents nearly 225 works in a variety of mediums, including drawings, watercolors, vintage and modern photographs, film stills, and architectural models. Essays by a range of international architecture scholars explore Labrouste’s work and legacy, offering fresh historical perspectives on the architect and his structural innovations. 232 pages; 225 illustrations.

However, the innovation is that the viewer can download, free, the first 37 pages in PDF format, readable on any device, of Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light .

LABROUSTE IN BOSTON

A stunning example of the influence of Labrouste’s influence on American architecture is the Boston Public Library. (Plug) In my book, Paris in Boston (available on Amazon), I wrote  * “My research revealed that Charles Follen Mckim of McKim, Mead & White modeled the façade of the Boston Public Library on that of [Labrouste’s]  Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève.” McKim, like most of the American architects of the time studied architecture in Paris. The two buildings are pictured below, the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève first.

Labrouste- St. GENEVIEVE        Dzamba_BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY-ph-sized to order

Boston Public Library, Photo: Jack Dziamba, ©Icron Image International, Inc.

FURTHER VIEWING

Here is a clip of Labrouste’s work in Spanish. Even if you don’t understand Spanish, you will appreciate Labrouste’s work in this great video!


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Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light is presented by MoMA, the Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, with the participation of the Académie d’architecture and the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève.The exhibition is organized by Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art; Corinne Bélier, chief curator,Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine; and Marc Le Coeur, art historian,Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Estampes et de la photographie.

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