"Paul Bonatz's buidings are powerful but not violent," reads the visitor at the beginning of the first large comprehensive exhibition of the work of this architect and pedagogue, held at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt. This quotation from Julius Posener, the architectural historian who became an exile from Hitler's dictatorship, was the prelude for much further textual argumentation in the exhibit, intended to decouple Bonatz and his architecture from the frequently held suspicions of anachronism and totalitarianism. Because of the obvious monumentality of Bonatz's designs, the curator felt compelled to develop an exculpatory exhibition thesis, since in Germany every architectural historical assessment of a twentieth-century architect's life must eventually measure its subject against the heroes of the New Building, who fled before the brown horde and with their modernist glory represented a better Germany to the rest of the world....

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