Oh So Rococo!

Wies church (Wieskirche)

Even in the 1700s, when Rococo was the height of fashion, some people considered the style excessive and absurd. Today, it’s hard to know what to think of a building like the exuberant Wies Pilgrimage church in Bavaria. The church was designed by Dominikus Zimmerman, who was born on June 30, 1685, and his brother, a fresco master.

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Eisenman’s Chilling Memorial

Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Who is Peter Eisenman? Is he a “Structuralist”? A “Deconstructionist”? A “Postmodern theorist”? The venerable architect may be difficult to classify, but his works demand attention.

Eisenman’s Berlin Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) is both abstract and chilling. Composed of 2,711 enormous stone slabs, the Berlin memorial opened in 2005 and continues to stir controversy.

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