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“Precursors of Postmodernism: Milan 1920–30s”

The Architectural League

Hidden histories have unmistakable allures, as does finding unnoticed antecedents to “ruptures” in architectural or esthetic time. But what this exhibition of buildings constructed in Milan in the ’20s and ’30s suggests is not only that a body of remarkably similar work was produced half a century before architectural postmodernism, but also that the Modernist movement was not the seamless fabric it is conceived, retrospectively, to have been. For it was only in the early ’60s that people began to speak of architectural Modernism, and to extend the cool reductions of the International Style so as to envelop, and muffle, heterogeneous directions. This show brings to light one of the breaks in the encompassing orthodoxy—a coherent enclave of indigenous production—and suggests its relations to a broader network of cultural references.

Curated by Fulvio Irace, the show consists of black and

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