Poetica dell’architettura neoplastica.
Milano, Libreria Editrice Politecnica Tamburini 1953.
4to. 178+(2)pp, incl. numerous photo text ills, 1 colour photo plate. Publisher’s limp boards. Brian Housden’s copy.
First edition of this detailed examination by Bruno Zevi of the rise of neo-plasticism and of the complex role that Van Doesburg played in the success of the De Stijl movement. Neo-plasticism was Zevi’s kind of architecture, centring around the deconstruction and reconstruction of shapes, almost opposite in approach to the traditionalist, classical fascist architecture that had so annoyed Zevi in Mussolini’s Italy. Zevi claims in the introduction that this is the first attempt to write a full account of the neo-plasticists in general and of Van Doesburg in particular, Zevi having gained access to unpublished material held by Van Doesburg’s widow.