Architecture and Truth in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna by Leslie ToppArchitecture and Truth in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna by Leslie Topp

Architecture and Truth in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

byLeslie Topp

Hardcover | June 21, 2004

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Leslie Topp investigates how "truth" in Viennese architecture at the turn of the twentieth century could be interpreted in a variety of ways, including "truth" to purpose, symbolist or ideal "truth", and ethical notions of authenticity. Drawing on newly uncovered archival materials, Topp offers a new interpretation of familiar buildings, demonstrating how they encompass utopianism, hyper-rationality, and subjectivism. She also explores the relationship between Viennese modern architecture and contemporary painting, psychiatry, fashion, labor issues, and anti-Semitic politics.
Title:Architecture and Truth in Fin-de-Siècle ViennaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.63 inPublished:June 21, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521822750

ISBN - 13:9780521822756

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Table of Contents

1. The Secession Building: multiple truths and modern art; 2. The Purkersdorf Sanatorium and the appearance of science; 3. The Postal Savings Bank: pragmatism and 'inner truth'; 4. The Michaelerplatz Building, an honest mask.

Editorial Reviews

"Topp gets it right, and her meticulous analyses confirm what has been a growing understanding in recent years about the complexity and multifarious nature of early Modernism...Her work navigates deftly through the intricate and meandering course of the idea, and it provides a useful contribution to the literature on the early Modernism in Vienna." -Christopher Long, University of Texas at Austin, Studies in the Decorative Arts