Barry Bergdoll Lecture: Jean-Jacques Lequeu

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Presented by Menil Collection at Menil Drawing Institute

Nov 14 2019
Barry Bergdoll Lecture: Jean-Jacques Lequeu

Professor Barry Bergdoll will present a lecture on the occasion of the exhibition Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect, Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, on view at the Menil Drawing Institute.

Draftsman and architect Jean-Jacques Lequeu (1757–1826) left a corpus of drawings to the Bibliothèque nationale de France that had been largely forgotten until the publication, in 1953, of Emil Kaufmann’s influential essay “Three Revolutionary Architects: Boullée, Ledoux and Lequeu.” Since then, Lequeu’s work has been associated with the radical geometric abstraction of the more famous architects Claude Nicolas Ledoux and Etienne Louis Boullée, as well as with a genealogy of modernism. This trio was further consolidated in an important exhibition in Houston in 1967-68 supported

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