Human beings have always decorated their buildings - in styles that have varied by culture and historical era. In the history of the decorative arts, the modernism of the 1920s brought a key change: the new architecture, with the Bauhaus school being one of its key movements, dispensed with ornamentation. These innovative buildings were defined primarily by how planes and masses were set up proportionally to each other, and ornamentation and figurative decoration were generally not allowed to disrupt the composition. It was the play with the materials (stone, cement, glass and steel) that gave the surfaces their dynamism. Even in cases when an artistic work was introduced into a modern building, it was done in such a way as to adapt to the structure and emphasise the architectural features, usually in a non-figurative fashion. These non-representational or extensively reworked compositions constitute an integral part of the buildings, which is why we often do not regard them today as independent artworks: they blur the boundaries between architecture, decoration and the fine arts.
Our selection, spanning the years from 1936 to the 2000s, seeks to remind us that our cities and public buildings contain many high-quality works of modern art designed by noted fine artists that sometimes, nevertheless, remain unnoticed by passers-by. The overt aim of this exhibition is to make these works visible and put into focus the fact that they represent value that is by all means worth preserving.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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