Throughout the 1920s and 1930s Frank Lloyd Wright's personal life was fraught with scandal, making him a black sheep in the United States. But as evident from a new exhibition,,Europe cared more about his work than his social life.
The Art Institute of Chicago's "Most Distinguished Outcast" features a slew of magazines from Dutch publication Wendingen, which means change or upheaval in Dutch. The magazine, which sought out new styles and visions for the future, was published by the organization Architectura et Amicitia (Architecture and Friendship) from 1918 to 1932. When the group came across Wright's work, it was love at first sight.
Wendingen published a series of issues devoted to the architect, starting in 1921, and again in 1925, with seven more consecutive features. Wright started corresponding with the magazine's editor, architect H. Th. Wijdeveld, and regularly contributed to the magazine. Anna Feuer, curator of the exhibition, says the publication highlights the differences between America and Europe at the time, stating "The Dutch didn't understand how anybody couldn't fall in love with Wright's work, but they had only seen his output, and not that he had affairs and scandalized...society."
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