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 and Marlene Poelzig from a Contemporary Perspective” is Christian Philipp Müller’s most recent artistic project; shown first in Berlin and Frankfurt, then in Basel, it is also an occasion to thematize fundamental questions of the temporal and spatial specificities of architecture, design, urban

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