Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) is widely regarded as
one of the early twentieth century's most influential
designers, thanks to his innovative aluminum, tubular
steel and plywood pieces. This traveling exhibition,
first organized by the Vitra Design Museum five years
ago, celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth
and his contribution to design and architecture.
Born in Pécs, Hungary, Breuer studied at the
Bauhaus Weimar in the 1920s, where he invented
tubular steel furniture. Subsequent pieces, such as
his 'Wassily' armchair, Bauhaus stool and cantilever
chairs have become icons of Modernism and are
representative of the Bauhaus era.
This exhibition assembles furniture pieces,
catalogues, drawings and photographs of interior
spaces designed by Breuer, and traces his
experimentation with the functional possibilities
of materials. It provides insight into his design
vocabulary, often characterized by horizontal bands
and reclining rectangles. It also includes 12 specially
created models, each of which documents a major
architectural work, such as his design for the
UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the Whitney
Museum of Modern Art, his church buildings, and
Breuer I and Breuer II houses in the US.
(Thanks to The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Architecture,
Design and the City, for the use of images.
May 4 through September 2, 2007
Komor Marcell u. 1
Budapest H-1095
T. +36 1 555 3444 / 555 3457