Chaos and Culture

Victoria Newhouse '59

Two years after the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced its gift of a new cultural center in Athens, the Greek economy collapsed. In Chaos and Culture: Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Victoria Newhouse '59 situates this project, which became a symbol of recovery, in the modern history of Athens and earlier. (Monacelli, 2017)

The New Yorker writes: "… a sweeping tale of national identity and artistic anxiety. Newhouse ably balances discussions of details—Piano’s abstract, balletic sketches are reproduced here along with handsome aerial photographs of the site—with the drama of the financial stakes and personalities involved.”

Victoria Newhouse is an architectural historian and the author of Towards a New Museum, Art and the Power of Placement, and Site and Sound: The Architecture and Acoustics of New Opera Houses and Concert Halls. She lectures frequently on museums, and her articles on the subject have appeared in the New York Times, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, and ArtNews. Newhouse also founded and directed the Architectural History Foundation, a nonprofit publisher of scholarly books.

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