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Series 4 | A Finding Aid to the Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986 | Digitized Collection

Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986

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Series 4: Interviews, 1963-1985
0.4 linear feet
Boxes 6-7; Reel 5718

This series includes transcripts of interviews with Breuer and untranscribed audiotaped interviews with Breuer and his colleagues, including György Kepes.
The series is arranged into two subseries; files are arranged chronologically.
4.1: Transcripts, 1963-1974
4.2: Audiocassettes, 1976-1985
4.1:Transcripts, 1963-1974
DescriptionContainer
Transcript of interview film
Beyond Form
, by Walter Sanders, Department of Architecture, University of Michigan, 1963
6
5718
503-507
Transcript of interview of Breuer by television reporter István Kardos, 1972
(transcript in Hungarian, followed by a translation into German)
6
5718
508-530
Transcript of interview of Breuer by Les Archives du XXième Siècle, 1974
3 folders
(transcript in French)
6
5718
531-593
4.2:Audiocassettes, 1976-1985
DescriptionContainer
Breuer interviewed by Robert Osborn ("From Pécs to Vienna to Weimar"), Nov. 22, 1976.
(approximately 30 minutes with a 3-minute blank area on side 2 before the interview continues; Breuer describes his travels in 1920, from his hometown in Hungary to his arrival at the Bauhaus, including brief descriptions of the Hungarian painter Papp and of his first meeting with Johannes Itten and Josef Albers)
7
unfilmed
unfilmed
György Kepes interviewed by Constance Breuer in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, August 29, 1983
(approximately 30 minutes, side 2 is blank; Kepes recalls his first meeting with Breuer in Berlin in 1930, describes Hungarian architect Schabuk, and discusses his house built by Breuer in Wellfleet)
7
unfilmed
unfilmed
Mr. A. Elzas interviewed by Rufus [?] Stillman (and Constance Breuer) concerning the construction of the De Bijenkorf Department Store and Garage in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 11, 1983
(2 tapes, approximately 90 minutes, side 2 of Tape 2 is blank. Tape 1: Elzas recounts the history of the building of the De Bijenkorf Store, including recollections of Breuer and G. Van der Wal, with brief references to their reaction to the assassination of John F. Kennedy; Tape 2: Elzas discusses the Van Leer office building in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, and mentions the circus; he discusses Naum Gabo's sculpture and briefly refers to Alexander Calder's work; there is also a description of a trip to Greece with Breuer and I. M. Pei and a discussion of the Flaine Ski Resort Town)
7
unfilmed
unfilmed
Jacques and Christina Koerfer interviewed by Constance Breuer, in Breuer's apartment, New York, New York, November 1, 1984
(approximately 45 minutes; the Koerfers recount their first meeting with Breuer and the history of the building of their house in Switzerland; they describe their art collection and tell anecdotes about the Koerfer family)
7
unfilmed
unfilmed
Harry Seidler interviewed by Constance Breuer, Jan. 2, 1985
(approximately 30 minutes; beginning of side 2 is recorded at a slow speed and is partially unintelligible. Seidler gives an account of his student days with Breuer and his training under Breuer; he discusses Breuer's furniture designs, his opinion of Breuer's legacy, and the misinterpretation of modern architecture in the popular media; he also describes his life and career in Australia)
7
unfilmed
unfilmed

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