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Exhibition: 10.04. - 25.09.2022

With the Verstärker series, Gerold Miller (*1961) has been realizing free-standing sculptures since 2016. These bodies, which rest firmly on the ground, are reduced to their height, width and depth and thus visualize the basic conditions of sculpture: material, mass and dimension. Their characteristic formal clarity opens them up to the infinity of space, plumbing its imaginary boundaries. Their univocity, varying dimensions and material textures give the amplifiers a distinct physical as well as sensual presence. The reflective bodies of the sculptures, made of metal, give rise to surprising visual impressions in which floor, ceiling, opposing walls, or even outdoor spaces interconnect in irritating ways, reordering the space in an almost labyrinthine fashion. They involve the casual viewer in this process via their reflective surfaces, allowing him to become an actor for a fleeting moment.

Gerold Miller, whose work encompasses sculpture, painting and architecture, lives and works in Berlin.

 

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Exhibition: 10.04. - 25.09.2022

The Düsseldorf painter Max Frintrop (*1982) has created a series of large-format paintings especially for the exhibition at the Mies van der Rohe Haus. These are combined in the show with smaller reliefs inspired by Russian Constructivism. The living is led into the abstract and vice versa. Soft brushstrokes are based on a geometric abstract language. When painting, Frintrop proceeds in a planned and sensitive manner, suggesting spaces when he superimposes imaginary lines, planes and depths. Frintrop's painterly gesture, applied to canvases lying on the floor, is a constant play with sharpness and blurring, in which seemingly formal structures suddenly dissolve into fluidity. In this way, the paintings unfold an astonishing depth effect, as if one could look through the canvas as through a window onto a world oscillating between order and unleashing. The exhibition is, at the same time, a homage to the architecture of the building, its flowing spaces that open up to the garden.

From 2003 to 2009, Max Frintrop studied free art/painting at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Albert Oehlen. Frintrop lives and works in Düsseldorf.

 

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A lecture series on the 1926 Monument to the Revolution

Next event: Friday, May 13, 2022, admission 5:30 p.m., start 6 p.m. at the Mies van der Rohe Haus.

Speakers: Dietrich Neumann, Barry Bergdoll, Carsten Krohn and Thomas Flierl, Moderation: Wita Noack and Jörn Köppler

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Monument to the Revolution at Berlin-Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery commemorated the assassinations of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. Singular in monument culture, the artistic design is a masterpiece. After only a few years, the brick monument was already destroyed by the National Socialists in 1935. The manifold questions arising from the desire for reconstruction will be discussed controversially in the lecture series; questions about architecture and ideology, also about Mies' role as an architect in the first years after the National Socialists came to power until his emigration to the USA, as well as questions about the technical and aesthetic, but also moral feasibility of a reconstruction. The rebuilding would not only restore an architectural monument, but also a monument to the history of German democracy.

Dates: March 11 / April 22 / May 13 / June 10 / July 2 / September 9 / October 14 / November 11, 2022, each starting at 6 p.m.

All lectures and discussions will be streamed live via the YouTube channel of the Mies van der Rohe Haus and will remain available there afterwards. 

 

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