Einfamilienwohnhaus auf der Ausstellung des Staatlichen Bauhauses, 1923. Full caption below.

DISCUSSIONS Series Lecture: Maristella Casciato

October 23, 2019
Danforth University Center (DUC) 234

Maristella Casciato, senior curator and head of architecture special collections at the Getty Research Institute, will deliver a lecture titled Bauhaus Beginnings: Documents from the Getty Research Institute Collections as part of DISCUSSIONS in Architectural History and Theory.

At the Getty Research Institute, Maristella Casciato's work focuses on the expansion of the architecture and design collections, and on curatorial projects. Bauhaus Beginnings, the 2019 exhibition she curated, explores the simultaneity of teaching and learning in the continuum of the school‘s innovative pedagogical platform. From 2012 to 2015, she held the position of associate director of research at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. She was also an associate professor of the history of architecture at the University of Bologna (2000–2012) and chair of DOCOMOMO International (2002–2012). She has received numerous awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship (1992), a French Ministry of Culture Award as Chercheuse Associé at the INHA, Paris (2004), and a Mellon Senior Fellowship at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (2010).

Her scholarly studies focus on the history of the 20th-century European architecture with emphasis on the Dutch contribution,  Italian domestic culture and the architecture of post-WWII reconstruction, and on the theory of the conservation of the modern built heritage.

Since the late 1990s, she has been engaged in a research project on architect Pierre Jeanneret and his involvement in the building of Chandigarh, the new capital of Punjab (India).

On this topic, she co-curated with Stanislaus Von Moos the exhibition Twilight of the Plan: Chandigarh and Brasilia at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio (2007) and contributed to the publication Chandigarh 1956, in collaboration with Ernst Scheidegger (2010), the first Swiss photographer who visited the new capital of Punjab while it was still under construction. Together with Tom Avermaete she co-curated the exhibition on Casablanca Chandigarh at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal (2013) and co-authored the book Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization, published by Park Books (Zurich) in 2014.

Among her forthcoming publications is the facsimile edition of Le Corbusier’s Album Punjab (2020), for which she received a Graham Foundation grant, and a book on Pierre Jeanneret.

Image: Benita Koch-Otte (German, 1892–1976), illustrator; Georg Muche (German, 1895–1987), architect; Einfamilienwohnhaus auf der Ausstellung des Staatlichen Bauhauses, 1923 (Single-family house at the exhibition of the State Bauhaus, 1923). Chromolithograph. From Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar 1919–1923 (Weimar: Bauhausverlag, 1923), p. 165. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (84-B6769). © By friendly permission of v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel.


Coordinated by Eric Mumford, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture, and Igor Marjanović, the JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor of Architecture, the DISCUSSIONS series is aimed at provoking advanced conversations on research in architectural history and theory. Full details are available here>>