“The Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Meran” modernity and politics

The presented buildings document those two decades and show the variety of buildings that typify them. They range from mixed forms during the transition from Historicism to modernity, accessorized with local elements, to the puristic, unadorned buildings of Rationalism, down to the monumental, heavily decorated buildings of the Scuola Romana.


Trabrennplatz "The Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Merano" © Merano Arte

Trabrennplatz “The Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Merano” © Merano Arte


The exhibition gives an overall picture of the projects that were developed in Meran during the 1920s and 1930s. It focuses on the architectural trends of those decades and relates them to the urban planning. That way, the architectural quality of the buildings erected during the ventennio, normally suspected of being unwelcoming, are given appreciation. Up until World War I, the appearance of the spa town was characterized by the splendid buildings of Historicism and Art Nouveau, but following the change in the political situation, modernity – largely unknown up to that time – found its way even to South Tyrol. (more…)