Friedrich Weinbrenner, Architect of Karlsruhe

Exhibition, Main galleries, 31 January 1990 to 18 March 1990

As Building Director of Baden in southwest Germany, Friedrich Weinbrenner (1766–1826) had the unique opportunity to create in Karlsruhe—the capital and his native city—one of the most homogeneous architectural ensembles ever achieved by a single architect. The exhibition focuses on the impact of scientific and administrative reform on the urban and agricultural architecture of the expanding regional centre of Karlsruhe during the Napoleonic wars.

The exhibition presents 83 drawings from the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania and is representative of the entire range of Weinbrenner’s work. In addition, a selection of rare books drawn from the CCA Collection reflects some of the formative influences in Weinbrenner’s architectural career.

The exhibition was also presented at the University of Pennsylvania, Arthur Ross Gallery, the Stadtgeschichte im Prinz-Max-Palais, Karlsruhe, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Octagon Museum, American Institute of Architects Foundation, Washington.

Organizer: the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania
Curator: David B. Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania


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