Knud Lonberg-Holm’s name is little known today. If he is recalled at all, it was as Sancho Panza to Ladislav Sutnar’s Don Quixote – the windmill being their radical altering of information design. Lonberg-Holm hired Sutnar for the research department of Sweet’s Catalog Service where together they transformed how quotidian data was graphically presented to the mass.
But he was also an architect, photographer, designer, writer and teacher in his own right. He was associated with avant garde European design groups and worked with Gropius, Buckminster Fuller, El Lissitzky and more. Now he’s getting his due.
Knud Lonberg-Holm: The Invisible Architect, is a debut exhibition devoted to this overlooked, yet highly influential, 20th Century modernist at the Ubu Gallery in New York. Here are rare photographs, architectural drawings, letters, graphic design, and ephemera from Lonberg-Holm’s diverse career.
The exhibition, which consists of selections from the extensive archive assembled by architectural historian Marc Dessauce, will solidify the importance of this emblematic figure in early 20th Century cultural and architectural history. Ubu Gallery, 416 East 59th Street. MAY 6–AUGUST 1, 2014
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