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As both gifted architect and designer Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) basically turned each of his buildings into a total work of art: architecture, furniture, fittings and textiles were neatly geared to each other and largely contributed to the unique allurement of his architecture. Several of these total work of art, or Gesamtkunstwerke, seven in total, were realized in postwar German between 1957 and 1976 and tell as much about the appreciation Jacobsen received in Germany as they tell about Germany’s wish for a reconnection with international architectural developments. Over several years Jan Dimog and Hendrik Bohle have meticulously researched and documented all of these seven buildings and complexes, beginning with Jacobsen’s atrium houses at Interbau 1957 and ending with the Forum in Castrop-Rauxel, posthumously completed by Otto Weitling and Hans Dissing. In between lie the singular structures Town Hall Mainz, the Christianeum secondary school in Hamburg, the fragile Glass Foyer at Hannover’s Herrenhäuser Gardens, the breathtaking Fehmarn vacation complex and the HEW Headquarters at Hamburg’s City-Nord. Each construction, as the authors and the extensive photographic and plan material document, is a highly detailed entity of incredible attention to detail, a Gesamtkunstwerk indeed, that deserves admiration and protection. „Gesamtkunstwerke - Architektur von Arne Jacobsen und Otto Weitling in Deutschland”, published recently by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, for the first time provides an all-encompassing perspective on these late works by Arne Jacobsen and his long-term partner Otto Weitling who is also very present in the book and provides additional insights into the work of Jacobsen and himself. A highly recommended, diverting read that gives well-deserved attention to a fascinating body of work by one of the 20th century’s most significant architect!

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 On this day of 25th November, Roelof Frankot (25 October 1911 - 1 December 1984), in Meppel, The Netherlands.

By education, he was a photographer, but in 1930, he started painting. He later had a strong relationship with the CoBrA movement.  

CoBrA represents the initials of the members’ home cities: Copenhagen (Co), Brussels (Br), Amsterdam (A). This international movement of artists who worked experimentally evolved from the criticisms of Western society and a common desire to break away from existing art movements, including “detested” naturalism and “sterile" abstraction. Experimentation was the symbol of unfettered freedom, which, was ultimately embodied by children and the expressions of children

His artworks are quite similar to some of the art from the CoBrA movement. They are very abstract and spontaneous paintings in strong colours. Oil on canvas was his preferred medium. Publications with his art were occasionally accompanied by small poems that he wrote himself. Frankot has been considered an innovator of Dutch art with all its great traditions. During his career, Frankot made a huge number of exhibitions in Europe, the United States, and Latin America.

Frankot died at the age of 73 from cancer.

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