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Crimes of Passion by Scott Spector, Japhet Johnstone, Oliver Böni

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Ole W. Fischer (Salt Lake City)

“All art is erotic”

Adolf Loos, Henry van de Velde, Ornament and Crime

Seen from today’s perspective, Henry van de Velde (1863–1957) and Adolf Loos (1870–1933) figure as early innovators of modern architecture in Central Europe, since they define the transition from Belle Époque to Neues Bauen of the 1920s and 30s. The biographies of the two architects show several parallels: both were autodidacts and derived from the peripheries of the discipline – Loos studied at a school of applied arts, attended the Technical University in Dresden, where he never graduated, and designed several interiors, renovations and shops before he realized his first building, while van de Velde moved from academic painting to abstract ...

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