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The Visionary Architecture of Paul Goesch

Robert Weisenberger and Raphael Koenig

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The first monographic publication in English on German Expressionist artist and architect Paul Goesch, whose extraordinary architectural fantasies were produced while he was institutionalized for schizophrenia

Artist and architect Paul Goesch (1885–1940) created one of the most inventive, peculiar, and poignant bodies of work to emerge from Weimar Germany. His vibrant drawings teem with invented ornament and resemble little else made then or since. Goesch, who exhibited widely in avant-garde circles, did so while institutionalized for schizophrenia—a condition for which he was ultimately murdered by the Nazi regime.
This monograph makes Goesch’s extraordinary creations accessible to an English-speaking audience for the first time. It presents more than thirty examples of his drawings from the collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, as well as work by his peers in the Expressionist “Glass Chain” group. Goesch’s subject matter is mainly arches, passageways, and portals, which are taken here as a metaphor for the artist’s anthroposophic beliefs and altered states and his liminal status as both an insider and outsider, whom critics have never been able to categorize clearly. The authors discuss Goesch’s production and reception and posit his enduring art historical significance.

Distributed for the Clark Art institute

Exhibition Schedule:

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
(March 18–June 11, 2023)

Robert Wiesenberger is curator of contemporary projects at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Raphael Koenig is an independent scholar based in Paris.


Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
(March 18–June 11, 2023)

ISBN: 9780300269697
Publication Date: April 4, 2023
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Clark Art institute
112 pages, 8 x 10
46 color + b/w illus.
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