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The Daring
Diagonal
Virtual
Museum

A center for the study of diagonality
in world culture

Daring Diagonal Virtual Museum
Kimball House

The Daring Diagonal Virtual Museum 

Rendering: Joel Levinson

Diagonality
Signature Geometry of the Modern Era
“Hidden in plain sight”

Diagonality is a little-known and therefore under-appreciated global phenomenon that began to open daring new avenues of design beginning at the dawn of the 20th century. Our mission is to present, explain, and preserve examples of Diagonality worldwide. 

FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DIAGIONALITY

1

How did we get from this traditional, symmetrical rooftop in Instanbul, Turkey to this asymmetrical, angular rooftop in Vienna designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au?

FIVE Questions about Diagionality

2

How did we get from this 1880 traditional painting by August Renoir “Luncheon of the Boating Party” with recognizable subject matter to this 1934 modern abstract painting “Study, New York: by John Marin?

FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DIAGIONALITY

3

How did we get from this traditional 1871 figurative sculpture “Young Tarantine” by Alexandre Schoenewerk to this 1967 modern, geometric sculpture “Smoke” by Tony Smith?

FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DIAGIONALITY

4

How did we get from these solid ancient pyramids to this hollow pyramidal kite by Alexander Graham Bell?

FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DIAGIONALITY

5

How did we get from the smooth curves of airplanes like this to the angularity of this F-117 Nighthawk bomber?

The galleries

presents various design disciplines such as architecture and art,

including themes such as fortifications and social revolution.

sets forth how Diagonality evolved from ancient times to the present.

includes a bookstore, the DDVM’S history, and galleries devoted to our outreach programs.