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Kleihues, Josef Paul

Kleihues, Josef Paul (1933–2004). German architect. His early work was influenced by New Brutalism and by Structuralism, but in the 1960s Neo-Rationalism began to change his architecture. His buildings include the Main Workshops of the Berlin Sanitation Service, Berlin-Tempelhof (1969–83), the Hospital in Berlin Neukölln (from 1973), and the Museum Complex at Solingen, near Düsseldorf (1981–5). With Ungers, he is probably the chief protagonist of an architecture of severe clarity, pure geometry and reason working in Germany. In 1979 he was appointed Director of Planning for the IBA, Berlin. He designed the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Pre-and Early History), Frankfurt-am-Main (1981–9), the Town Museum, Kornwestheim (1990), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (1991–5), and the Museum of Contemporary Art in the refurbished Hamburger Bahnhof (Railway Station), Berlin (late 1980s). His beliefs in the old Prussian virtues of austerity, simplicity, and fine craftsmanship are clear from his work.

Bibliography

Kalman (1994);
Shkapich (ed.) (1989);
Jane Turner (1996)

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