Marcel Breuer: A Centennial Celebration

April 5-June 29, 2002
Exhibited in AAA's NYC Research Center Gallery

The Marcel Breuer Papers were generously donated to the Archives of American Art between 1985 and 1999 by his widow, Constance Breuer. Spanning the years 1920 to 1986, the papers include correspondence, interviews, writings, project files, photographs, financial records, and printed material documenting Breuer's career as an architect and designer.
These papers-a small portion of which are exhibited here-reflect the vast range of his creations, from tubular steel chairs to private residences, college campuses, factories, department stores, government buildings, and industrial housing complexes.

In 2005, the Archives made these materials fully accessible on the Web as the Marcel Breuer papers online.

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Marcel Breuer: A Centennial Celebration

Marcel Breuer, St. Elme, France

Marcel Breuer, St. Elme, France, 1928

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UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Marcel Breuer and Bernard Zehrfuss, Architects; Pier Luigi Nervi, Structural Engineer

UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Marcel Breuer and Bernard Zehrfuss, Architects; Pier Luigi Nervi, Structural Engineer, 1953

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Whitney Museum of American Art, cross section and elevation, designed by Marcel Breuer

Whitney Museum of American Art, cross section and elevation, designed by Marcel Breuer, ca. 1963

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Plas-2-Point prefabricated house, scale model, designed by Marcel Breuer

Plas-2-Point prefabricated house, scale model, designed by Marcel Breuer, 1942

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Ariston Club, Mar-Del-Plata, Argentina. Marcel Breuer, Eduardo Catalano, and Francisco Coire, architects

Ariston Club, Mar-Del-Plata, Argentina. Marcel Breuer, Eduardo Catalano, and Francisco Coire, architects, 1948

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Side chair designed by Marcel Breuer

Side chair designed by Marcel Breuer, 1922

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Tubular steel chair designed by Marcel Breuer

Tubular steel chair designed by Marcel Breuer, 1926

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Aluminum chair designed by Marcel Breuer

Aluminum chair designed by Marcel Breuer, 1933

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Cesca dining room chair designed by Marcel Breuer

Cesca dining room chair designed by Marcel Breuer, 1928

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Isokon chair designed by Marcel Breuer

Isokon chair designed by Marcel Breuer, 1935

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View of pool at Stillman House I

View of pool at Stillman House I, 1954

Creator: Ben Schnall

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St. John's Abbey and University under construction, Collegeville, Minnesota

St. John's Abbey and University under construction, Collegeville, Minnesota, ca. 1953-1981

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Coffee table designed by Marcel Breuer

Coffee table designed by Marcel Breuer, 1928

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Dressing table designed by Marcel Breuer

Dressing table designed by Marcel Breuer, 1922

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Bureau designed by Marcel Breuer

Bureau designed by Marcel Breuer, ca. 1925

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Wassily chair designed by Marcel Breuer

Wassily chair designed by Marcel Breuer, 1925

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Bookcase designed by Marcel Breuer

Bookcase designed by Marcel Breuer, ca. 1931

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Tea cart designed by Marcel Breuer

Tea cart designed by Marcel Breuer, 1928

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Breuer House, Lincoln, Mass. designed by Marcel Breuer

Breuer House, Lincoln, Mass. designed by Marcel Breuer, ca. 1940

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Breuer House, Lincoln, Mass. designed by Marcel Breuer

Breuer House, Lincoln, Mass. designed by Marcel Breuer, 1940

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Herbert Bayer to Marcel Breuer

Herbert Bayer to Marcel Breuer, ca. 1937

Creator: Herbert Bayer

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Plas-2-Point prefabricated house, elevation drawings, designed by Marcel Breuer

Plas-2-Point prefabricated house, elevation drawings, designed by Marcel Breuer, 1942

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Heartiest greetings from Sibyl and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Heartiest greetings from Sibyl and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1938

Creator: László Moholy-Nagy

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Folding chair, designed in 1928 by Marcel Breuer

Folding chair, designed in 1928 by Marcel Breuer, 1949

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Geller House II, Lawrence, New York. Marcel Breuer and Herbert Beckhard, architects. Ben Schnall, photographer

Geller House II, Lawrence, New York. Marcel Breuer and Herbert Beckhard, architects. Ben Schnall, photographer, between 1959 and 1969

Creator: Ben Schnall

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Harnischmacher House I, kitchen, Wiesbaden, Germany

Harnischmacher House I, kitchen, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1932

Creator: Wolf and Lotte Schede-Foto

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The House in the Museum Garden, living room, Museum of Modern Art, New York

The House in the Museum Garden, living room, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1949

Creator: Ezra Stoller

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Geller House II, interior, Lawrence, Long Island, New York

Geller House II, interior, Lawrence, Long Island, New York, between 1959 and 1969

Creator: Thomas Breuer

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Isokon Chair with arms

Isokon Chair with arms, 1935

Creator: Sydney W. Newbery

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McMullen Beach House, North Elevation, Mantoloking, New Jersey

McMullen Beach House, North Elevation, Mantoloking, New Jersey, between 1960 and 1964

Creator: Ben Schnall

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Geller House II, Main Floor Plan, Lawrence, Long Island, New York

Geller House II, Main Floor Plan, Lawrence, Long Island, New York, between 1959 and 1969

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UNESCO pass to the Tenth General Conference

UNESCO pass to the Tenth General Conference, 1958

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First day cover commemorating opening day at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

First day cover commemorating opening day at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 1958 Nov. 1

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Kniffin House, south elevation, New Canaan, Conn.

Kniffin House, south elevation, New Canaan, Conn., 1948

Creator: Ben Schnall

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General plan of UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

General plan of UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 1950

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A new hotel for Kabul. Marcel Breuer, Robert F. Gatje, and Walter Brune & Partner, architects

A new hotel for Kabul. Marcel Breuer, Robert F. Gatje, and Walter Brune & Partner, architects, 1964

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The Marcel Breuer coloring book

The Marcel Breuer coloring book, 1960

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Walter Gropius's 80th birthday

Walter Gropius's 80th birthday, 1963

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Australian Embassy, Paris, France

Australian Embassy, Paris, France, ca. 1978

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Dolderthal Apartments, Zurich, Switzerland

Dolderthal Apartments, Zurich, Switzerland, 1934

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Litchfield High School, Litchfield, Conn.

Litchfield High School, Litchfield, Conn., between 1953 and 1960

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New York University, south view with residence hall and lecture hall buildings

New York University, south view with residence hall and lecture hall buildings, between 1957 and 1961

Creator: Ben Schnall

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Armstrong Rubber Co. Headquarters, West Haven, Conn.

Armstrong Rubber Co. Headquarters, West Haven, Conn., 1970

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Grieco House, Andover, Mass.

Grieco House, Andover, Mass., between 1954 and 1966

Creator: Ben Schnall

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Wolfson Trailer House, Pleasant Valley, N.Y.

Wolfson Trailer House, Pleasant Valley, N.Y., 1949-1950

Creator: Ben Schnall

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New Canaan House I, New Canaan, Conn.

New Canaan House I, New Canaan, Conn., ca. 1947

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HUD office building, Washington, D.C.

HUD office building, Washington, D.C., not before 1968

Creator: Ben Schnall

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Koerfer House, Moscia, Tessin, Switzerland. Marcel Breuer and Herbert Beckhard, architects

Koerfer House, Moscia, Tessin, Switzerland. Marcel Breuer and Herbert Beckhard, architects, 1967

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Rufus Stillman, Litchfield, Conn. letter to Marcel Breuer, New York, N.Y.

Rufus Stillman, Litchfield, Conn. letter to Marcel Breuer, New York, N.Y., ca. 1950

Creator: Rufus Stillman

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Henry Moore, Much Hadham, England letter to Marcel Breuer, New York, N.Y.

Henry Moore, Much Hadham, England letter to Marcel Breuer, New York, N.Y., 1959 Mar. 16

Creator: Henry Moore

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Joan Miró to Marcel Breuer

Joan Miró to Marcel Breuer, 1963 Aug. 26

Creator: Joan Miró

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Eero Saarinen, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. letter to Marcel Breuer, New York, N.Y.

Eero Saarinen, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. letter to Marcel Breuer, New York, N.Y., between 1954 and 1959

Creator: Eero Saarinen

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Jean Arp to Marcel Breuer

Jean Arp to Marcel Breuer, 1954 Feb. 17

Creator: Jean Arp

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Naum Gabo to Marcel Breuer

Naum Gabo to Marcel Breuer, 1938 Apr. 17

Creator: Naum Gabo

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Alexander Calder to Marcel Breuer

Alexander Calder to Marcel Breuer, 1947 Apr. 2

Creator: Alexander Calder

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Louis I. Kahn to Marcel Breuer

Louis I. Kahn to Marcel Breuer, 1963 Nov. 7

Creator: Louis I. Kahn

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Josef Albers, Black Mountain, N.C. postcard to Marcel Breuer, Cambridge, Mass.

Josef Albers, Black Mountain, N.C. postcard to Marcel Breuer, Cambridge, Mass., 1938 or 1939

Creator: Josef Albers

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Walter Gropius to Marcel Breuer

Walter Gropius to Marcel Breuer, 1934 Dec.?

Creator: Walter Gropius

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László Moholy-Nagy, Berlin, Germany letter to Marcel Breuer, London, England

László Moholy-Nagy, Berlin, Germany letter to Marcel Breuer, London, England, 1935 Apr. 10

Creator: László Moholy-Nagy

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Marcel Breuer, Mercedes Matter, Konrad Wachsmann, Alexander Calder and others

Marcel Breuer, Mercedes Matter, Konrad Wachsmann, Alexander Calder and others, ca. 1950

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Marcel Breuer: A Centennial Celebration

Strom Thurmond Federal Office Building and Courthouse

Strom Thurmond Federal Office Building and Courthouse, 1980

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Strom Thurmond Federal Office Building and Courthouse designed by Marcel Breuer. View of lobby from second floor

Strom Thurmond Federal Office Building and Courthouse designed by Marcel Breuer. View of lobby from second floor, 1980

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Strom Thurmond Federal Office Building and Courthouse designed by Marcel Breuer. View of interior

Strom Thurmond Federal Office Building and Courthouse designed by Marcel Breuer. View of interior, 1980

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McMullen Beach House, Mantoloking, New Jersey. Marcel Breuer and Herbert Beckhard, architects. Ben Schnall, photographer

McMullen Beach House, Mantoloking, New Jersey. Marcel Breuer and Herbert Beckhard, architects. Ben Schnall, photographer, between 1960 and 1964

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Original drawings for the Marcel Breuer Coloring Book

Original drawings for the Marcel Breuer Coloring Book, not before 1962

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