Montage and the Metropolis

Architecture, Modernity, and the Representation of Space

Martino Stierli

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May 15, 2018
320 pages, 7 x 10
72 color + 85 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300221312
Hardcover

Montage has been hailed as one of the key structural principles of modernity, yet its importance to the history of modern thought about cities and their architecture has never been adequately explored. In this groundbreaking new work, Martino Stierli charts the history of montage in late 19th-century urban and architectural contexts, its application by the early 20th-century avant-gardes, and its eventual appropriation in the postmodern period. With chapters focusing on photomontage, the film theories of Sergei Eisenstein, Mies van der Rohe’s spatial experiments, and Rem Koolhaas’s use of literary montage in his seminal manifesto Delirious New York (1978), Stierli demonstrates the centrality of montage in modern explorations of space, and in conceiving and representing the contemporary city. Beautifully illustrated, this interdisciplinary book looks at architecture, photography, film, literature, and visual culture, featuring works by artists and architects including Mies, Koolhaas, Paul Citroen, George Grosz, Hannah Höch, El Lissitzky, and Le Corbusier.

Martino Stierli is Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

“A stunning, complex reassessment of architectural modernism, recast in its very essence through lucid discussions of significant relationships like Mies van der Rohe and Dada, and Eisenstein and Constructivism.”—Jean-Louis Cohen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

"Montage and the Metropolis is a substantial achievement. The author provides an elegant and compelling history of architectural montage in modernism, with a provocative extension to the postmodern.”—Claire Zimmerman, author of Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century

Montage and the Metropolis is a landmark contribution to our understanding of how modern architecture emerged in dialogue with film, photography, and the visual arts.”—Edward Dimendberg, author of Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images