Portrait of Marcel Breuer


The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, has compiled detailed biographical information and a chronology of major events in Breuer's life. Click here to view this resource.

Mapping Breuer

Marcel Breuer's architectural legacy spans over half a century and across several continents include: North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. The Mapping Marcel Breuer resource provides spatial and temporal visualization of his life's work and shows relationships among Marcel's collaborators. Click here to view this resource.

Finding Aid

The finding aid for Syracuse University's Marcel Breuer Papers encompasses material from Breuer's entire career, including post-1955 materials which have not yet been digitized. To view the finding aid, click here.

Audio Interviews

Marcel Breuer’s legacy is also reflected in a series of interviews that provide a range of perspectives on his work. To view selected interviews, click here.

Selected Bibliography

Writings by Breuer

  • Address at the Dedication of the Vassar Cooperative House (October 5, 1951).
  • Address upon receiving the honorary degree of Doctor in Budapest (May 11, 1970).
  • "Analysis of Planning." [handwritten manuscript]
  • "An Architecture of Energy." [typed manuscript - article for Architectural Record (January 1952).
  • "Art Education." [handwritten manuscript]
  • "Aspects of the Art of Paul Klee." Museum of Modern Art Bulletin, vol. 27, no. 4 (Summer 1950): 3-5.
  • "Basic Components of Architecture" [typed manuscript]
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Books on Breuer

  • Abercrombie, Stanley. Koerfer House (with Herbert Beckhard), Moscia, Tessin, Switzerland 1963-6, Stillman House III (with Tician Papachristou), Litchfield, Connecticut 1972-74. Tokyo: A.D. A. Edita Tokyo, 1977.
  • Argan, Giulio Carlo. Marcel Breuer, Disegno Industriale e Architettura. Milano: Görlich, 1957.
  • Armesto, Antonio, ed. Marcel Breuer: Casas Americans. Barcelona: G. Gili, 2001.
  • Blake, Peter. Marcel Breuer: Architect and Designer. New York: 1949.
  • -------------., ed. Sun and Shadow: The Philosophy of an Architect. New York: Dodd, Mead [1955].
  • Cobbers, Arnt. Marcel Breuer, 1902-1981: Form Giver of the Twentieth Century. London: Taschen, 2007.
  • Driller, Joachim. Marcel Breuer: das architektonische Frühwerk bis 1950. Ph.D. Thesis, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg i.Br., 1990.
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Exhibition Catalogues

  • Breuer's Whitney: an Anniversary Exhibition.. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1996.
  • A Design Student's Guide to the New York World's Fair. New York: PM Magazine and Laboratory School of Industrial Design, 1939.
  • Marcel Breuer: an Exhibition organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, [1972].
  • Bergdoll, Barry and Leah Dickerson. Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2009.
  • Scheffler, Renate, ed. Marcel Breuer: Ausstellung im Bauhaus-Archiv. Berlin: Bauhaus-Archiv, [1975].
  • von Vegesack, Alexander and Mathias Remmele, eds. Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture. Weil am Rhein: Vitra Design Museum, 2003.
  • Wilk, Christopher. Marcel Breuer: Furniture and Interiors. London: Architectural Press, 1981.

Journal Articles

  • "A. & S. - Nassau Store Designed to Provide Main-Store Facilities in Outlying Area." Architectural Record (February 1951).
  • "Air Line Office with a Lift." Architectural Record (April 1946).
  • "Aluminum City Terrace Housing." Architectural Forum (July 1944): 65-76.
  • "A Beach Club to Sell a View." Architectural Record (July 1948).
  • "The Breuer House at the Museum of Modern Art New York." The Architect and Building News (20 May 1949).
  • "La Case di Marcel Breuer nel Connecticut." Domus, no. 233 (1949).
  • "Casa Para la Familia que Crece." Nuestra Arquitectura 21, no. 242 (September 1949).
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Journal Issues Devoted to Breuer

  • Bouwkundig Weekblad Architectura, no. 40, 5 (October 1929).
  • Cobouw, no.12 (22 March 1957).
  • Cobouw, no.13 (29 March 1957).
  • Nuestra Arquitectura 9 (September 1947).
  • Process: Architecture 32 (September 1982).