Hermann Finsterlin

Hermann Finsterlin

Part of


  • O.M. Ungers (collector)
  • Hermann Finsterlin (creator)
  • Hermann Finsterlin (architect)
  • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


Hermann Finsterlin

Dates of creation


Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 12 textual records
  • 4 drawings

Scope and Content

Series documents the contribution of artist Hermann Finsterlin to the correspondence circle of Die gläserne Kette. Finsterlin wrote under the pseudonym Prometh (sometime appears as "Prometheus").

Born in Munich in 1897, Finsterlin studied at Munich University in chemistry, then in physics and medicine, and later in philosophy. He studied painting at the Kunstakademie in Munich in 1917 and 1918 and exhibited his work at the Ausstlelling für unbekannte Architekten. He published in "Frühlich", a magazine edited by Bruno Taut in which works by some members of Die gläserne Kette were featured. He painted frescoes in Tripoli, Majorca, and Tenerife. During the Nazi period, Finsterlin was commissionned to paint frescoes and portraits for the regime, but most of his work was destroyed during the war. He died in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1973. (Source: Ian Boyd Whyte, Bruno Taut and the Architecture of Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982)

The series comprises part of the correspondence of Hermann Finsterlin to the Die gläserne Kette circle, including a postcard. The series also includes some drawings by Finsterlin.

Reference Number


Related units of description

  • The CCA collection contains other works by Hermann Finsterlin (approximately 10 objects, including drawings and a painting).


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    • Reference Number: DR1988:0022:001-010:003
    • Title: Material from Hermann Finsterlin mostly for Die gläserne Kette
    • Dates of creation: printed between 1919 and 1920
    • Form: drawings, textual records, graphic materials
    • Catalogued items within this file 10


    • Hermann Finsterlin (author)
    • Hermann Finsterlin (correspondence writer)
    • Hermann Finsterlin (draughtsman)
    • Die gläserne Kette (correspondence writers)
    • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


    Part of a miscellaneous group of visual and textual documents collected by Oswald Mathias Ungers, apparently to represent the work of artists/architects in Die gläserne Kette. This group includes theoretical texts and illustrations from Die gläserne Kette, as well as other correspondence. Most of the works are mimeographs.

    Quantity / Object type:

    11 file(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • theoretical drawing

    Technique and media:

    Mostly mimeograph copies, some with additions in pen and black ink, and one chromogenic colour postcard inscribed in black ball-point pen


    sheet (smallest [some irreg.]): 10,6 x 14,8 cm sheet (largest [some irreg.]): 28,5 x 22,6 cm

    Drawing Type:

    • line drawing

    Document Type:

    • correspondence

    Method of Projection:

    • pictorial drawing

    Physical Description:

    - All of the sheets have old folds, and some have folded corners, stains, and small tears along the edges. Five of the reproductions of letters are one page in length. The sixth, DR1988:0022:006:001-003, has three pages which are attached by a paper clip, and the seventh DR1988:0022:010:001-002, is two pages in length.


    signed - by the draughtsman, in pen and black ink, on the originals or the mimeograph copies, in various locations: "Prometh." or "Prometheus" inscribed - on DR1988:0022:001, by the draughtsman, on the original, c.: "das Haus der 8 Gesellen. / [...]" inscribed - on DR1988:0022:003, by the draughtsman, on the original, l.c.: with text in German inscribed - on DR1988:0022:004, by the draughtsman, on the original, l.c.: with text in German




    • architecture

    Subject Descriptive Terms:

    • house
    • tower (building division)
    • buildings
    • church
    • fantastic architecture
    • Expressionism

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:


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