Neue Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Publisher: Baden-Württemberg 1984 Editor: Finanzministerium Format: Softcover, 105pp, 230x220mm
This volume, through plans, essay and photography, charts James Stirling’s design of Stuttgart’s Neue Staatsgalerie. In 1977, as part of a city wide planning initiative, the Prime Minister of Baden – Württemberg, Hans Filbinger, held a private international competition to design the Neue Staatsgalerie that would revitalize and reinvigorate the cultural influence in Stuttgart, Germany. The competition posed the issues of making a connection to the older Staatsgalerie that dated back to 1843, as well as traversing the sites dramatic slope. By 1979, the jury unanimously chose a design by James Stirling of Michael Wilford & Associates in London.
Stirling’s design, completed in 1984, incorporated the sloping site as part of an architectural promenade that moved the public walkway through the museum that embodied the transitions of the classical art of the Alte Staatsgalerie and the modern art of the Neue Staatsgalerie into one seamless architectural response. The Neue Staatsgaleri stands as James Stirling's celebration of architecture as a combination of many styles and elements from the 19th century into a modern piece of architecture that connects a public with its culture.
This rare, pre-owned copy is in good used condition, with some discolouration of the cover and spine.