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Catherine Cooke

Russian architect and teacher . He studied (1920–26) in the Vkhutemas, Moscow, and joined the Constructivist group OSA. His joint diploma project with M. I. Sinyavsky (1895–1979) for a vast administrative and market complex was formally and structurally bold, and its widespread publication brought him to public attention. Barshch’s first notable building was the Moscow Planetarium (...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 17 August 1932, in Poyanne (Landes).

Sculptor, draughtsman. Monuments, jewels.

Neo-Constructivism.

Vincent Batbedat settled in Paris in 1950 and studied at the École Spéciale d'Architecture and then at the École des Beaux-Arts while attending the Académie Julian. In this period he concentrated on sculpture. In ...

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Hans Frei

Swiss architect, sculptor, painter, industrial designer, graphic designer and writer. He attended silversmithing classes at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich from 1924 to 1927. Then, inspired by the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (1925), Paris, by the works of Le Corbusier and by a competition entry (...

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Anna Rowland

American furniture designer and architect of Hungarian birth. In 1920 he took up a scholarship at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna, but he left almost immediately to find a job in an architect’s office. A few weeks later he enrolled at the Bauhaus at Weimar on the recommendation of the Hungarian architect Fred Forbat (...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1889; died 1951.

Painter, draughtsman, graphic designer, architect.

Constructivism.

Iakov Georgievich Chernikov was the pupil of a brother of Alexandre Benois at the academy in St Petersburg. He became a promoter of the Russian avant-garde.

His work can be placed between Suprematism and Constructivism. Above all a graphic designer, he had a remarkable capacity to conceive and design dreamlike machines and architecture. He published two works in ...

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Painter.

The pupil of Marcel Baugniet, a Constructivist painter, Pierre Clarebout ordered his compositions in a much less severely architectural manner than his master, working equally well in pastel and gouache, oil and acrylic paint. His work, which is characterised by delicate chromaticism, is inspired by his interest in music and archaeology....

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Allan Doig

Dutch painter, architect, designer and writer. He was officially registered as the son of Wilhelm Küpper and Henrietta Catharina Margadant, but he was so convinced that his mother’s second husband, Theodorus Doesburg, was his father that he took his name. Little is known of his early life, but he began painting naturalistic subjects ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Active in Todi.

Born 1927, in Rome.

Painter.

Neo-Constructivism, Op Art.

Forma 1 Group.

Although Piero Dorazio first studied architecture at the Università degli Studi in Rome, he soon turned to painting. In 1947 he participated in writing the manifesto Forma I...

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Georgian, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1973, naturalised in 1979.

Born 12 June 1942, in Tbilisi.

Sculptor.

Neo-Constructivism.

Mir group.

Garry Faïf first trained at the institute of architecture in Moscow, where he was especially interested in Suprematism and Constructivism. In 1966-1967 he founded the kineticist-constructive ...

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Hungarian, 20th century, male.

Active in Germany from 1918, and in Sweden from 1938.

Born 1897; died 1972.

Draughtsman.

Constructivism.

Alfred Forbat was mainly an architect. A student at the technical college in Munich, he worked in Walter Gropius' workshop at the Bauhaus between 1920...