Paris. Metropolis of the Arts in the 19th Century

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Today´s cityscape of Paris is shaped by profound urbanistic interferences by the planning of Georges-Eugène Haussmann under the rule of Napoleon the Third. Due to these measures Paris developed to a modern metropolis, whose structures are well fitted for the requirements of the grand technical advancements of the century. Next to the remodeling of the city and the development of the Paris´ metro system the large-scale buildings of six world expos, which were situated in Paris between 1855 and 1937, illustrate the time of technical advancements and departure. The 19th century is also the era of fundamental social change. The revolutions of 1789 and 1848 are key events in the development of the French capital city and demonstrate the growing tensions within a city population. The great distance between the opulence of the rich city nobility and the precarious living conditions of the poor population manifested itself not least in the lively art scene that made Paris to one of the most important art metropolis cities of the Belle Époque.

Together we want to retrace this change of this great city by focusing not only on selected buildings but also on art work that document and illustrate the extremities of the social existence.

This class will be held in cooperation with Dr.-Ing. Daniel Buggert (Institute of Art History, Department for Architectural History, University of Cologne) and students of the University of Cologne.



Elective Module
M. Sc. // all semesters

Dates and Times

On thursdays, from 10.00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., online course
Start: October 29, 2020

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