For the first time in the history of the Mies van der Rohe Haus, an exhibition plays on the entire expanse of the outdoor space. The Obersee also becomes a reflection surface. Gregor Hildebrandt has realized a grandiose work for the house - diverse and poetic at the same time. Hildebrandt's installation, a black sail woven from magnetic tapes, was hoisted on the Obersee only for a short time at the beginning of the exhibition. A bronze peasant chess piece, more than two meters high, marks the garden space. The two opposite exhibition rooms of the L-shaped Mies van der Rohe house are conceived as a positive-negative space and thus also set in relation to each other beyond the architectural by means of art. 


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It is with great pleasure that we present the latest and now sixth volume in the Mies van der Rohe House series! The book is now available from us and can be purchased in the house or ordered online.

Memories are constructions. Photographs, letters and documents help us to visualise the past and to understand many things better. In this volume, we do not tell the story along the lines of icons, but look at the figures around Mies, look at the alleged subplots and intermediate pieces, which nevertheless reveal a lot about the avant-garde creative will of the time. The reconstruction of a dress in the context of an exhibition that resulted in this book, for example, brings us closer to the life of one of Mies' clients. We experience first-hand a building that is almost a century old and whose unbroken modernity lies precisely in the fact that it is permanently filled with life. In this way, the episodes told here allow us to understand the relationship between the builders and the building and those who live in it and with it.

Wita Noack, Jan Maruhn (editors)

184 pages with 90 illustrations, 134 x 210 mm, softcover, with texts by Jennifer Brachmann, Jan Frohburg, Hartmut Gaßner, Olaf Kranz, Jan Maruhn, Stefan Meyer, Wita Noack, Dominik Olbrisch and Annika Weise as well as conversations with Reinhard Wegener and Sabine Thümmler, plus a photo essay by Axl Jansen.

form + zweck Verlag, ISBN 978-3-947045-22-8, Price: 20 EUR


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In this film Martino Stierli, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, presents some architectural sketches for the House Lemke from the Mies van der Rohe Archive at MoMA and describes some of the drawings in detail. In addition, Stierli talks about the role of the museum in the 21st century, which is accessible to all and provides a platform for dialogue on current social and cultural issues. In this context, he finds that a new building for the House Lemke is meaningful and important.

The film can be watched here and on our YouTube channel.


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