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The German series

The German series

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People

  • Melvin Charney (architect)
  • Melvin Charney (draughtsman)
  • Melvin Charney (photographer)
  • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

Title

The German series

Dates of creation

1981-1982

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 205 photographic materials
  • 84 drawings
  • 0.02 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

Project series documents a project that started as an installation intented for Documenta 7 at Kassel, Germany. The installation was not realized but turned into a series of photographs and mixed media drawings of cities scapes and buildings of Germany developped between 1981 and 1987. The material in this project series refers at this project at "The German Series". The project series includes photographs possibly to be presented with the installation, sketches of the installation, reference materials, and notes.

Reference Number

AP041.S1.1981.D1

Language of material

Documents in English and German, with additional French.

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    • Reference Number: DR1984:1578-1578
    • Title: Artwork entitled "Better they think they are going to a farm…"
    • Dates of creation: 1982
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (role unspecified)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 photograph

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 43.3 x 53.2 cm

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Melvin Charney/
    Gift of Melvin Charney

    Copyright:

    © Melvin Charney

    Folder Number:

    DR1984:1578

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    • Reference Number: DR1984:1579-1579
    • Title: Artwork "Fragments of a forgotten city in Berlin, no. 2", The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1984
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (role unspecified)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 work of art

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 65 x 50 cm

    Location:

    Berlin Germany

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Melvin Charney/
    Gift of Melvin Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR1985:0052-0052
    • Title: Sketches and notes for the installation "Treppenstrasse", The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1982
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (role unspecified)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 drawing

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 29 x 21 cm

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Melvin Charney/
    Gift of Melvin Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2007:0084:014
    • Title: Sketches titled, "Way stations", "Way station and chair"
    • Dates of creation: 1987-1989
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 8

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (draughtsman)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Consists of sketches titled, "Way stations", "Way station and chair", "Man chair", "Visions of the temple", "Passages" and "Ledoux".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 8 drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 17.6 × 13.5 cm sheet (largest): 28 × 21.5 cm

    Location:

    Germany

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Melvin Charney/
    Gift of Melvin Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0011:005-005
    • Title: Notebook on the German series
    • Dates of creation: 1982-1985
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (architect)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Ring binder containing notes and sketches related to the German Series, with specific references to:
    - Stuttgart installation;
    - Better if they think they are going to a farm.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Dimensions:

    book: 23,6 × 17,9 × 4,2 cm

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:080:004
    • Title: Sketches and photographs of buildings in Germany, and colour palets, The German series
    • Dates of creation: 1956, 1960, 1982-1983
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    Box containing photographs, sketches, architectural drawings (including one photocopy), a transparency, newspaper clippings, and notes related to the German series. Box labelled: BETTER IF THEY THINK ..... Kassel, 1982. Stuttgart, 1983.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 box(es)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.03 l.m. of textual records
    • 39 photographs
    • 29 drawings
    • 4 reprographic copies
    • 1 transparency

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:030
    • Title: Notes, reference materials, and photographic materials, The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1982-1993
    • Form: drawings, textual records, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English and French, including notes, reference materials, and photographic materials related to the German series. Original folder inscribed in graphite: GERMAN SERIES DOCUMENTATION / NOTES

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.02 l.m. of textual records
    • 46 photographic materials
    • 3 drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 7,3 × 15,7 cm (2 7/8 × 6 3/16 in.) sheet (largest): 21,4 × 27,7 cm (8 7/16 × 10 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:031
    • Title: Photographs of artworks for the installation, The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1981-1987
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing photographs of the following artworks:
    - Better if they think they are going to a farm... no. 3;
    - The other city... visions of the temple no. 4;
    - Fragments of the forgotten city... nos. 6, 8, 12;
    - A Stuttgart façade.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: German Series (1) - better if they think ... - Stuttgart Façade

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 9 photographs

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 17,5 × 12,5 cm (6 7/8 × 4 15/16 in.) sheet (largest): 25,1 × 20 cm (9 7/8 × 7 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:032
    • Title: Photographs for the installation, The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1985
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Denis Farley (photographer)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing photographs and transparencies related to the German series, including the following artworks:
    - St. Anne's in Retlaw... forgotten cities;
    - Houses on the prairie... chez Keegstra;
    - Pliny's other villa;
    - Way station, no. 4.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: German Series (3) -Way Stations -Pliny's Other Villa -In an Alberta Town -Cathedral Camp

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 13 photographs
    • 2 transparencies

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 20 × 25,1 cm (7 7/8 × 9 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:033
    • Title: Notes, sketches, and two of the photographs series, The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1987
    • Form: textual records, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing notes, sketches, and photographs of the following artworks:
    - The city, no. 3... in the valley of the kings;
    - The city, no. 2... the trinity at Suinion.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: German Series (5) The Archaic Gods

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 photographs
    • 1 drawing

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 25,1 × 20 cm (9 7/8 × 7 7/8 in.) sheet (largest): 21,3 × 27,7 cm (8 3/8 × 10 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:034
    • Title: Press clippings and reference materials, The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1979-1984
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English, including press clippings, and reference materials related to the German series. Original folder inscribed in graphite: PLAN 1984/19 NOTES ON GERMAN SERIES TO COMPLETE

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 6 drawings
    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 27,7 × 21,3 cm (10 7/8 × 8 3/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:035
    • Title: Brochures, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, sketches and reference materials, The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1982
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in English, French and German (predominant), including brochures, newspaper clippings, notes, negatives, photographs, printouts, reference materials, and sketches related to the German series. Original folder inscribed in graphite: "BETTER THEY THINK..." GERMAN SERIES. PROJECT, NOTES 1980-82. KASSAL

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.02 l.m. of textual records
    • 20 photographic materials
    • 7 drawings
    • 3 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 21,4 × 13,7 cm (8 7/16 × 5 3/8 in.) sheet (largest): 27,7 × 21,4 cm (10 7/8 × 8 7/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:036
    • Title: Reference materials related to the installation, The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1980
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing documents in German, including brochures, copies of the magazine werk und zeit, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and posters related to Melvin Charney's participation in a conference in Darmstadt, West Germany. Original folder inscribed in graphite: DOCUMENTA URBANA 1980-82 GERMANY

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.02 l.m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:037
    • Title: Photographic reproduction of artworks, The German series
    • Dates of creation: 1984-1987
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Denis Farley (photographer)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing photographic materials of the following artworks:
    - Better if they think they are going to a farm... no. 3;
    - Fragments of the forgotten city... nos. 6, 10, and 12;
    - The other city... visions of the temples, nos. 2 and 4.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: "THE FORGOTTEN CITY" "THE ETERNAL CITY" "VISIONS OF THE TEMPLE" 1983+

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records
    • 18 photographic materials

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 17,5 × 12,6 cm (6 7/8 × 4 15/16 in.) sheet (largest): 20 × 25,1 cm (7 7/8 × 9 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:038
    • Title: Photographs, The German Series
    • Dates of creation: circa 1981-1982
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing photographs related to the German series. Original folder inscribed in graphite: GERMAN SERIES GALLERY INSTALLATION 1982

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 9 photographs

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 20,1 × 25 cm (7 15/16 × 9 13/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:039
    • Title: Notes, photocopies of sketches, photographic materials, and sketches, The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1982-1983
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing notes, photocopies of sketches, photographic materials, and sketches related to the German series. Original folder inscribed in graphite: GERMAN SERIES : FACADE / STUTTG / CHICAGO / 1983

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 93 photographic materials
    • 0.02 l.m. of textual records
    • 5 drawings
    • 4 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 20,1 × 25,1 cm (7 15/16 × 9 7/8 in.) sheet (largest): 21,4 × 27,7 cm (8 7/16 × 10 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:040
    • Title: Photographs for the installation, The German Series
    • Dates of creation: 1985
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Denis Farley (photographer)
    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing photographs of the following artworks:
    - Houses on the prairie...chez Keegstra;
    - St. Anne's in Retlaw ... forgotten cities.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: GERMAN SERIES: CHEZ KEESTRA / WAY STATIONS ETC.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 photographs

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 25 × 20 cm (9 13/16 × 7 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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    • Reference Number: DR2012:0012:095:041
    • Title: Sketches and reference materials, The German series
    • Dates of creation: 1987
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Melvin Charney (archive creator)

    Description:

    File containing photographs, reference materials, and sketches related to the German series.

    Original folder inscribed in graphite: GERMAN SERIES: THE ARCHIAIC GODS

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records
    • 3 photographs
    • 3 drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 25 × 20 cm (9 13/16 × 7 7/8 in.) sheet (largest): 21,3 × 27,7 cm (8 3/8 × 10 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Melvin Charney fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Dara Charney/
    Gift of Dara Charney

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