Frederick Kiesler. Endless House Project. 1950–1960

Frederick Kiesler Endless House Project 1950–1960

  • Not on view

Kiesler, an architect, set designer, artist, and philosopher, began to explore "endless" architectural space in 1922, and he continued to develop this theme throughout his career. The biomorphic Endless House is Kiesler's vision of a free-form, continuous, human-centered living space synthesizing painting, sculpture, architecture, and the environment. Designed in direct opposition to the static, rectilinear rooms of the sterile boxes that were beginning to dominate modern architecture in the 1950s, this house, he said, was to be "endless like the human body—there is no beginning and no end." He saw this womblike form as related to female anatomy; others see an egg, or even the human heart, with the different rooms as aortic chambers.

Gallery label from 75 Years of Architecture at MoMA, 2007.
Medium
Ceramic
Dimensions
20 x 11 1/2 x 6" (50.8 x 29.2 x 15.2 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
MC 25
Department
Architecture and Design

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