"Solar House Project" Original Mixed Media by Raimund Abraham, 1977

Raimund Abraham (United States, 20th Century)

"Solar House Project" Original Mixed Media by Raimund Abraham, 1977

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An original signed mixed media - drawing, watercolor with colored pencils on paper by Austrian artist and architect Raimund Abraham (1933-2010) titled "Solar House Project", 1977. Signed by Abraham and dated lower right. Framed with a metal frame. The Museum of Modern Art has several of Abraham's work within their permanent collection. Framed size: 36.25" x 36.25". This work is in very good condition, with some ripples in the paper.

Raimund Johann Abraham was born in 1933, in the town of Lienz, Tyrol in Austria, and he died on March 4, 2010, in Los Angeles, California. Throughout a 40-year career, Abraham created visionary projects and built works of architecture, in Europe and the United States. From 1952-1958, Abraham studied at the Technical University of Graz, and in 1959, he established a studio in Vienna, where he explored the depths and boundaries of architecture through building, drawing, and montage. Abraham's first book, the 1965 publication “Elementare Architektur” was made at a time of transition between architecture studies and practice. In this early volume on elemental structures, Abraham explores the built environment, absent aesthetic speculation, and determinations about design instead coming from the relative level of knowledge and also the desires of the builder. In 1964, Abraham emigrated to the United States.

Abraham is known for creating visionary architectural hand-drawings. Throughout his career, he asserted the autonomous, fundamental value of a drawing as a manifestation of architecture. Abraham stated, “The drawing is one of the tools we have available for the realization of an architectural idea.” To Abraham, drawing was as much the work of the architect as building. Critics describe Abraham’s drawings as architectural poetry on paper. Many of his visionary drawings have been exhibited as art.

During the 1960s and 70s, Abraham's interest in the typology of the house inspired masterful, visually compelling, imaginative architectural drawings, accompanied by evocative titles and texts, such as Earth-Cloud House, project (1970), The House with Curtains Project, Perspective (1972), The House Without Rooms, project, elevation and plan (1974), and The Cosmology of The House (1974), to explore human dwellings, the ritual of habitation, and the subjectivity of spatial conditions, especially interiority. Abraham's shadowy visions, such as Radar Cities, Terza Mostra d' Architettura, (1985), and Metropolitan Core (2010) propose thoughtful architectural prototypes. Glacier City (1964) is an invisible city, between walls, on either side of a wide valley. These works are prescient meditations on architectural scale, not only based upon the scale of the human body, but also inclusive of multi-sensory perception, media, and imagination.

The work of Raimund Abraham has been exhibited widely at museums and galleries worldwide, including Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Museo Correr, Venice, Italy; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Pinacotheca, Athens, Greece; National Gallery (Berlin); Venice Biennale; German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt; Krinzinger Gallery, Innsbruck; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts of Chicago, Illinois; and the Museum of Modern Art and Architectural League of New York.

FRAMED: HEIGHT: 36¼ in | WIDTH: 36¼ in

Origin United States
Category Watercolors
Period 20th Century
ConditionVery good

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