Modern Visionaries

Modern Visionaries

Paul Scheerbart, Bruno Taut, Paul Goesch

Architectural fantasies, drawings, watercolors and writings by three visionaries of the early 20th century



Title Information

Edited by Berlinische Galerie. With essays by Annelie Lütgens, Eva-Maria Barkhofen, Sabine Hohnholz, and Ralph Musielski

1st edition

, 2016

Text English and German


200 pages, 134 color illustrations

23 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-510-1


This book brings together three exceptional German visionaries of early modernism: the novelist, poet, and inventor Paul Scheerbart, architect Bruno Taut, and architect and artist Paul Goesch. All three men were wildly creative, offering unprecedented meldings of art and architecture into fantasias of invention that spoke directly to the concerns of the early Weimar Republic—while anticipating many of the architectural and artistic innovations of the decades that followed.

Modern Visionaries, published to coincide with an exhibition at Berlin's Berlinische Galerie in spring 2016, presents some eighty previously unpublished watercolors by Goesch alongside texts and drawings by Scheerbart and Taut, as well as works by other members of the Crystal Chain, the forum for utopian architecture founded by Taut in 1919. Essays by experts on the work of all three men complement the artworks, putting them in historical and artistic context.


Announced Outstanding Academic Title 2017 by CHOICE.


Designed by Uta Grundmann.

Authors & Editors

Eva-Maria Barkhofen

is head of architectural archives at the Akademie der Künste Berlin.

Sabine Hohnholz

 works as a research assistant at Sammlung Prinzhorn in Heidelberg, Germany.

Annelie Lütgens

 is head of Berlinische Galerie's collection of prints and drawings.

Ralph Musielski

 is a scholar of German literature with a special interest in Paul Scheerbart's work.