chapter  21
Acropolis, now!: James Williamson
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For many modern historians and theoreticians of architecture – as well as

some of architecture’s notable practitioners – the seminal discussion of the

links between architecture and Surrealism begins in a 1978 edition of Archi-

tectural Design edited by Dalibor Vesely and titled, aptly, Architecture and

Surrealism.1 The edition was important in its anticipation of the significance

of Surrealism for architecture rather than its analysis of significant examples

of this relationship.2 Vesely’s essay was critical in its clarification of Surreal-

ism as an intellectual movement and theoretical construct rather than a sty-

listic movement – an observation not necessarily original but crucial in

bringing any discussion of the movement into a discipline often distracted by

the manifestations of style.