Blog Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-1942

Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-1942

Posted Jan. 27, 2018, 10:01 a.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

Albert Speer

Architecture 1932-1942

Written by Leon Krier, Preface by Robert A. M. Stern

The Monacelli Press

 

The Robert Johnson dilemma.

Making a deal with the devil for your own greater goods.

Once the decision at the crossroads is made, there is no turning back.

Albert Speer did it.

He got in bed with Adolf Hitler and his regime.

It enabled him to create grandiose neoclassical architecture on a scale that will remain unrivalled for aeons to come.

For Speer, the end seemed to justify the means, however, the book follows the guiding question architect Le?on Krier raises, i.e. how does being a war criminal align with being an artist?

Instead of being merely a catalogue of his oeuvre, Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-1942 is much more as it goes beyond face value and generally critically sheds light on the (inter)dependencies of money, art, politics and the yin and yang informing it all, culminating in the essential question it art, no matter how significant, can be seen stripped off the political backbone and context and if, in Albert Speer’s case and circumstances, it has any merit at all.

Krier’s tenet is achieved by drawing on interviews with Albert Speer as well as his involvement and role in the third Reich and the evaluations of experts.

An essential, lavishly illustrated tome that manages to strike a well-calibrated balance between documenting and critically questioning and one that speaks for the quality of Monacelli Press’ releases, which span from comprehensive works on architecture, interior design and décor, fine arts, fashion & stile to world history and culture.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Water of Life – Iniquity Distillery Batch 017

Posted by T
Oct. 13, 2019, 9:56 a.m.

Water of Life – Iniquity Distillery Batch 017   You are not mistaken if you claim that Iniquity and its artisanal expressions have been previously covered as part of our ... read more

Sunn O))) + Caspar Brötzmann, Kaserne - Basel CH

Posted by Cheryl
Oct. 13, 2019, 6:43 a.m.

Sunn O))) with Caspar Brötzmann, 09/10/2019 Kaserne, Basel CH On this cold, somewhat rainy evening in Basel, the expectations for what will come are high. Sunn O))) are riding the waves of Life ... read more

The World’s Toughest Races book review

Posted by T
Oct. 12, 2019, 11:21 a.m.

The World’s Toughest Races Ali Clarke Affirm Press   People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But I don’t ... read more

Cirque du Soleil's Kurios

Posted by T
Oct. 7, 2019, 8:25 p.m.

Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities Cirque du Soleil Big Top, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park Sydney, Australia October 2, 2019   Cirque du Soleil is quite something. Ever since its inception ... read more

Water of Life – Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky 3rd Ba

Posted by T
Oct. 6, 2019, 11:43 a.m.

Water of Life – Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky 3rd Batch   Archie Rose is the one that almost got away. Having made a name for itself on the forefront ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.