Modernin käsite Sigurd Frosteruksen varhaiskirjoituksissa

The concept of modernity in the early writings of Sigurd Frosterus

The research of modernity in Finland has focused on the time between the wars, with rather less attention paid to the beginning of the century. This has resulted in a partial optical illusion, because many central modernist ideas were formulated before the First World War. The work of Sigurd Frosterus (1876–1956), a Finnish-Swedish architect, critic and essayist, is a crystallisation of early rationalist modernism. In his polemic texts, he criticised the late and national romanticism, symbolism, and decadence of the nineteenth century, emphasising – in the spirit of vitalism – the values of the industrialist society. To him, the aesthetics of machines ranging from railway engines to battle ships provided the starting point of new architectonic forms. Frosterus contribution to Finnish intellectual tradition may be compared to Adolf Loos critique of decadence in Austria.

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