Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light


Henri Labrouste: Concept for a competition to build a central prison in Alessandria (Piémont), 1839, 35.7 x 68.1 cm, © Académie d’Architecture, Paris

Labrouste’s work is a milestone in the modern evolution of architecture. The exhibition includes original drawings — many of them watercolours of haunting beauty and precision — and vintage and modern photographs, films, architectural models, and fragments. Labrouste made an invaluable impact on 19th century architecture through his exploration of new paradigms of space, materials, and luminosity in places of great public assembly. He gave form to the idea of the modern library as a temple of knowledge and as a space for contemplation. He also sought a redefinition of architecture by introducing new materials and new building technologies. His spaces are overwhelming in their daring modernity and immersive in their timelessness.
Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor MoMA New York, New York USA