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Primitivism & Modern Design

Pujadas, Anna;


There is a heroic tale of Modernity in which rationalist design establishes itself as hegemonic and evolved when the same heroes of Modernity carried out a revisionism to correct some of the shortfalls towards a closer integration with nature and an opening to the uniqueness of subjective experiences. This is not the only possible story. In this paper another is proposed which, at least in regard to Marcel Breuer, one of the heroes of Modernity and creator of some of its icons, can be narrated without forcing the actual events at all. This other kind of possible story says that Modernity was a continuity of the tradition; that in the 1920s, 30s and 40s can be found elements that could perfectly well fit in with the line of supposed revisionism of the 1950s. Which would mean that perhaps never existed revisionism, since regionalism, the vernacular, the ancestors (what in general is reported as “primitivism”) had always been there.


Palavras-chave: architecture, Breuer, historiography, tradition, vernacular,


DOI: 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0005

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Como citar:

Pujadas, Anna; "Primitivism & Modern Design", p. 91-96 . In: Tradition, Transition, Tragectories: major or minor influences? [=ICDHS 2014 - 9th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2014.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0005

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