Margret Hoppe – The Promise of Modernism

Margret Hoppe – The Promise of Modernism

A fascinating visual investigation of Le Corbusier's architectural vision and what remains of it today.



Title Information

Edited by Hans-Werner Schmidt. With essays by Oliver Fern, Hans-Werner Schmidt, Sarah Alberti, and Marc Ries

1st edition

, 2014

Text English and German


96 pages, 51 color and 34 b/w illustrations

24 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-461-6

In cooperation with Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig


Leipzig-born photographer Margret Hoppe is a promising new voice in European photographic art. This new book features her series Après une Architecture, a photographic perspective of Le Corbusier’s architecture that refers to his concept of a modern architecture laid-out in the book Vers une architecture (Toward an Architecture) of 1923.

Hoppe’s images show Le Corbusier’s use of exposed concrete, the clarity of his geometric shapes and the emblematic polychrome surfaces as symbols of his buildings. She investigates what remains today of these visions of architectural modernism, now that its legacy in many cases is adored as a monument rather than actually used and appreciated as a functional piece of architecture. The photographic image transforms the buildings into signs of a highly pictorial and sculptural aesthetic, enabling manifold views at Le Corbusier’s work in the present day.

The book also presents a selection of Hoppe’s photographs of international modernist buildings, alongside two essays and a conversation with the artist. It is published to coincide with a solo exhibition at the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig.

Authors & Editors

Sarah Alberti

, born 1989, is a freelance writer and journalist. She studied art history, communcations and media science at University of Leipzig and Université de Bourgogne. She contributes to various cultural magazines including Monopol, ArtMapp, Der Freitag, and Frieze.

Oliver Fern

Margret Hoppe

, born 1981, graduated as a photographer from the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, where she studied in Christopher Muller's Masterclass. Her work is represented in various renowned private and public collections and has been shown in many exhibitions in Europe and the US.

Marc Ries

Hans-Werner Schmidt