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The Gesamtkunstwerk Movement, Part III: Architecture As Artifact Webinar

September 1, 2022

Join New York Adventure Club for the third segment of its series on The Gesamtkunstwerk Movement and its influence. Part III: Architecture as Artifact provides a virtual visit to pre- and postwar landmarks that defined architecture as a free-standing form in space.

As the 19th century progressed, new forms of architectural expression emerged in response to the advancing Industrial Age and concerns with the perceived sterility of new buildings. This search for a new architecture, where aesthetics took priority over profit-making, led to a design movement known as the Gesamtkunstwerk—”total work of art” in German—which attempted to synthesize all parts of a building to an artistic whole. Who were the first architects to adopt this approach and what buildings born of the movement exist today? Architectural historian David V. Griffin of Landmark Branding will present a digital showcase of unique structures that will include:

  • The Expressionist movement, which sought to explore architecture as a sculptural platform
  • The rise of Modernism and the International Style in Germany, Russia, Italy, and the United States
  • Experimental building methods and new technological systems
  • An in-depth look at each building’s construction, context, and current status, with a focus on how culture and innovation drive architectural symbolism

Thursday September 1, 8:00 – 10:00pm EDT