With its sleek lines and lack of decoration, the idea of modernism might seem straightforward enough, but as an architectural movement it actually takes in a broad swath of different sensibilities. The swift industrialization that began to occur internationally following the Second World War gave wind to new streams of thought in life, art and architecture that led to Postmodernism, Neomodernism and Neo-Futurism. Largely featuring a pared down aesthetic with clean lines, minimal decoration and sometimes moving into surrealism, the modernist movement led to the construction of many buildings that stood out along the more classical architecture of Europe. From the spare style that characterizes Modernism to the exaggeration of Art Nouveau, the following are some of the most awe-inspiring examples of modern architecture constructed in recent history.
11 Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
10 The Sony Center
9 Kursaal Congress Center and Auditorium
8 Zlatý Anděl
7 Casa Batlló
6 The Gate of Europe
5 The City of Arts and Sciences
4 3) Notre Dame du Haut
3 2) The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
2 Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art
Situated in Paris’s 14th arrondissement along the lively stretch of Boulevard Raspail is the current incarnation of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, also known as Fondation Cartier. Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, Fondation Cartier is among the most striking of buildings in a city that is renowned for its elegant architecture. Established as a center for art in 1984 and moved to this location in 1994, the museum is a half-glass half-garden creation with the woodland portion of the gallery completed by conceptual artist Lothar Baumgarten. Fusing modernism with a natural setting, Fondation Cartier exists in harmony with the artists from all over the world that it unites within the walls of its museum.
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