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Sep Ruf (1908-1982)
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Sep Ruf (1908-1982)

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

To mark the centenary of the birth, the Architecture Museum of the Technical University Munich is holding an exhibition celebrating the life and works of the German architects. With buildings such as the New Maxburg in Munich (1953-1957, together with Theo Pabst), the German Pavilion at the World Expo in Brussels (1958, with Egon Eiermann) and the official Chancellor's bungalow for Ludwig Erhard in Bonn (1963|64), Sep Ruf received international acclaim and played a major role in shaping architecture in the post-war era.

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Sep Ruf is one of Germany’s most important architects. Some of his buildings are considered major works of 20th century architecture. Nikolaus Pevsner praised the way Sep Ruf’s Munich Neue Maxburg (1952-57) blended historical structures into a modern construction, declaring it "an outstanding example of how well a modern building can harmonise with a significant monument from the past."

Ruf’s transparent construction for the Academy in Nuremberg is one of the most successful buildings of the post-war period. His German Pavilion at the Brussels World Fair in1958 (designed in collaboration with Egon Eiermann) achieved international acclaim as an architectural expression of the new, democratic Germany. And his bungalow for the Federal German Chancellor in Bonn (1963/64) became a symbol of the Bonn Republic, one which presented itself as modern and open to the world. And although this glass, pavilion-style residence, where almost all the German chancellors from Ludwig Erhard to Helmut Kohl lived and received their guests, provoked a lively debate as to whether or not it adequately represented the Federal Republic, it ultimately contributed to arousing a new understanding and appreciation of modern architecture amongst large sectors of the German public.

These outstanding achievements of Sep Ruf have until now not reached a wide audience. The last publication relating to him appeared almost a quarter of a century ago. To mark the centenary of his birth the Architecture Museum of the Technical University in Munich is presenting the work of this great architect in an exhibition that will be accompanied by a book which for the first time provides a comprehensive documentation and analysis of his work.

Image: Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg | 1950-1954 Residence at Theresienstraße, Munich | 1950-1952 © ARCHIVE DIE NEUE SAMMLUNG - DESIGN IN THE PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE, MUNICH

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Opening: 30.07.2008, 19.00

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