Scharoun. From refined composition to violent ugliness

Antón Capitel
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It could be said that the first approach by young Hans Scharoun to expressionism implied the search of an aesthetic and formal alternative both to the academic and classical tradition and to its modern sequel, the “New Objectivity “. And this is how his career was born; that is, supported by expressionism. From that time (1919-1921), some drawings without exact function and some competitions are well known, such as the square for the Cathedral in Prenzlau(1920) and the cultural center of Gelsenkirchen (1920), among others. In all these works Scharoun used an intense eclecticism of Gothic nuances and a new language that seemed to follow the path of Bruno Taut.

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Composition; Refinement; Ugliness; Beauty; Scharoun


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