Art and Architecture
English edition  
160 pp.
233 illus. 
24X30 cm
ISBN 9789774163562
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Baghdad Arts Deco

Architectural Brickwork, 1920–1950 Caecilia Pieri

An homage to the modern architectural landscape of Iraq

Despite dictatorship, international sanctions, and the ravages of war, Baghdad endures with a surprisingly exceptional modern architectural heritage. This beautifully illustrated study reveals the splendors of early twentieth-century architecture that still stand on the streets of Iraq’s capital. Caecilia Pieri’s documentation foregrounds the physical reality of modern Baghdad, very different from the image that we normally receive from the media. She draws on a number of unpublished sources and documents to present Baghdad’s architecture in a historical perspective, and her striking photographs taken between 2003 and 2006 document the residential areas of the twentieth-century city, providing an unprecedented resource for historians, urban planners, and general readers interested in discovering a new face of a world capital. With essays by Rifat Chadirji, Ihsan Fethi, and Naïm Kattan.
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Caecilia Pieri, a senior editor at Editions du Patrimoine, Paris, has a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).

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“A scholarly, up-to-date, and beautiful book, to be browsed like a carnet d’artiste.”—Le Monde//endoftext//endoftext

“Her own beautiful photographs constitute primary documentation that sets a standard for other students and scholars in Iraq. It is Pieri’s interpretation of what she documents, however, that makes Arts Deco a captivating read.” – Taari Newsletter (The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq)//endoftext//endoftext

“Invaluable context for understanding what was happening in the capital city in the 1950s. Just as important, Pieri’s photographs disclose the city that still exists, the qualities that can be built upon in the future, when remaking a war-torn Baghdad becomes possible.” – Taari Newsletter (The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq)//endoftext//endoftext

“As an original and engaging attempt to open the richness of Baghdad’s twentieth century built past to those who have an interest in Baghdad’s future, Caecilia Pieri’s Baghdad Arts Deco is a complete success.” – Taari Newsletter (The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq)//endoftext//endoftext"A beautiful book."—Libération//endoftext//endoftext"This book gives the opportunity to show for the first time the eclectic architecture of twentieth-century Baghdad."—Métropolitains, France Culture//endoftext//endoftext"Reveals the hidden beauties of the Iraqi capital."—Beaux-Arts Magazine

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