• Christian Philipp Müller

    Architekturmuseum Basel

    The architect, painter, and set designer Hans Poelzig (1869–1936) is one of the most enigmatic figures of early-twentieth-century architecture. Dissonant at first glance, Poelzig’s work—industrial buildings before World War I; the expressive, fantastic forms such as the Großes Schauspielhaus in Berlin (1919); the stage sets made between 1920 and 1923; and, finally, the more economically executed and functional residential and office projects of “Studio Poelzig,” which he ran with his second wife, Marlene, in the ’20s—defies any facile categorization.

    “In the Taste of the Times: The Work of Hans

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