Ulysses (1934), hand-lettered and designed by Ernst Reichl, was said to be influenced by the paintings of Piet Mondrian.
As part of its coverage of the World Cup 2014, the Guardian today publishes its rundown of the 10 best buildings by Brazilian modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer, the ‘king of the curve’.
(pictured: the Niterói Arts Centre, 1996)
Scottish Brutalism is a website set up by Ross Brown to accompany his research project into Brutalist architecture at the University of Strathclyde Department of Architecture. The project
aims to map, document and critically assess Brutalist architecture across the Strathclyde region of Scotland, UK. Illustrated articles and building studies, periodically published on scotbrut.co.uk, demonstrate the quality and variety of Brutalist architecture built across Strathclyde between the late 1950s & early 1980s.
(Pictured: Anniesland Cross Housing, Glasgow, Jack Holmes & Partners, 1969)
Opening tomorrow at Tate Modern is the first major museum exhibition of the diverse work of pioneering Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair. Based in Beirut, she was taught by traditional landscape painters, but carved out a unique modernist vision of her own, influenced by Islam and western abstract art.
The Saloua Raouda Choucair retrospective runs from 17 April – 20 October 2013.
(Pictured: ‘Composition in Blue Module’ 1947–51, © Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation)
Brutalism in the UK
An ongoing series by architectural photographer Andy Spain.
As part of the celebrations for London Underground’s 150th anniversary, the Royal Mail is to release stamps featuring famous artwork created for the network. More information at the CR blog.
(Pictured: stamp designed by Hat-Trick featuring a poster illustration of Boston Manor tube station by Tom Eckersley)
Design critic Alexandra Lange visited the retrospective of modernist furniture designer George Nelson and found herself even more interested in the graphic design output of his associates than in the furniture itself.
(Pictured: Modern Management Group advertisement (1955) via George Nelson Foundation)
The Modernist is ‘a quarterly publication about 20th century modernist architecture and design, with a view from the North of England’. You can buy recent issues or subscribe via the Modernist website, but the first four issues are now available to view online for free at Magpile.
Kicking off tonight at Turner Sims in Southampton and continuing at London’s Southbank Centre is London Sinfonietta’s Landmarks, a series of concerts which explores some of the most important moments of twentieth century music. The concerts are presented in collaboration with Netia Jones/Lightmap, whose video projections between and alongside the music will map and uncover the context in which each work was conceived.
Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
The first concert in the series looks at Olivier Messiaen and his Quartet for the End of Time, premiered in 1941 at Stalag VIII-A prisoner of war camp where the composer was incarcerated.
Olivier Messiaen: La Colombe; Plainte Calme; Theme and Variations; Quartet for the End of Time.
Webern and the Second Viennese School
The composers of the second Viennese School, and not least Anton Webern, influenced many of the composers of the second half of the 20th century championed by the London Sinfonietta today.
Anton Webern: 3 Lieder; Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6; Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10; Three Traditional Rhymes, Op. 17; Symphony, Op. 21; Three Small Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11; Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24.
Arnold Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16.
Alban Berg: Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5.
Repeating Patterns: The Start of US Minimalism
An introduction to the world of minimalism, tracing its origins in 1960s New York loft apartments and art galleries to a cult musical movement in the 70s and beyond.
La Monte Young: Composition 1960 #7; X for Henry Flynt.
Terry Riley: In C.
Steve Reich: It’s Gonna Rain; Clapping Music; Violin Phase.
Philip Glass: 1+1; Knee Play 2.
More details at the Landmarks page on the London Sinfonietta website.
Design and Paper, No. 13 (Controlled Visual Flow) and No. 19 (Shape, Line and Color) Reprints, 2003 (via Display | Design and Paper, No. 13 and No. 19 | Modern and Rare Graphic Design Books), designed by Ladislav Sutnar.