Yona Friedman


This book is the first catalogue of Yona Friedman as an artist. In fact, it presents for the first time the whole work of art of this pivotal figure, well-known as an architect and theorist since the 60s of the last century.

The catalogue shows an extensive collection of visual materials, including images, cartoons and pictograms, drawn by Yona Friedman in order to replace the text with the image in his way of thinking.

‘Drawing for my own pleasure meant that I enjoyed looking at my drawings, and so I pasted them on the walls of my home, of my studio, on furniture, and on the refrigerator. Indeed, I produced them as the personal landscape of my surroundings, even decorating the ceiling of my atelier at blvd Pasteur and my home at blvd Garibaldi.’ — Yona Friedman

Yona Friedman (5 June 1923 – 20 February 2020) was a Hungarian-born French architect, urban planner and designer. He was influential in the late 1950s and early 1960s, best known for his theory of ‘mobile architecture’.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, and Francesca Minini, Milan (January – March 2020).

Co-published with Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia.

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