Mies Goes Future: Film and Exhibition Project


Mies Goes Future is designed as a long-term study, inviting artists, architects, art and architecture historians to explore the possibilities of how the future of the Mies van der Rohe House as an institution can be shaped. In different formats, such as interviews, monologues, sketches, photographs or drawings, the connection to the work of the architect Mies van der Rohe as a source of inspiration will be expressed clearly. 
The exhibition is curated by Esenija Bannan

Prof. Dr. Fritz Neumeyer Architectural theoretician and a Professor Emeritus
Ingolf Kern Chairman of the Board at the Mies van der Rohe House 
Dr. Wita Noack Director at the Mies van der Rohe House

Álvaro Siza

The Portuguese architect created this sketch as an impulse for the addition building for the director of the house during his visit in February 2019.

Katrin Günther

In her large-format ink drawings, Berlin-based artist Katrin Günther explores the interactions and possibilities of architecture and landscape. The artist studied architecture at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus and at the University of Milan. She lives and works in Berlin and Dessau, is a professor for artistic-experimental design at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Bauhaus Campus in Dessau.

The drawing opens the dialogue with a dynamic movement into space and ends where the horizon could open.

Jan Maruhn

The art historian has published numerous articles about architecture and art history. His essay Bauen für die Kunst: Mies van der Rohe als Architekt für Kunstsammler (Building for the Arts: Mies van der Rohe as an Architect for Art Collectors) was published in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Mies in Berlin. Maruhn is the head of the sculpture workshop at the Kulturwerk bbk berlin and works as an associate professor for the GasthörerCard Program at the Free University of Berlin. 

In this video, he talks about Mies van der Rohe's project shown at the Building Exhibition in Berlin from 1931, a design that would complement the Lemke House perfectly. 

Jörn Köppler

Together with his wife Annette Köppler-Türk, the architect runs the architectural office Köppler Türk Architekten in Potsdam and Berlin. In addition, he is active in teaching architecture and publishes articles in renowned newspapers and architecture magazines. During a research stay at the Villa Massimo in Rome, Köppler recently published the book Die Poetik des Bauens – Betrachtungen und Entwürfe (The Poetry of Building - Reflections and Designs) with Transcript publisher.

In this video, the architect presents a model of the Greek Dodona-Temple. In the model he sees congeniality to the ideas of Mies van der Rohe's architecture, which he would like to tie in with his proposal for an extension building of the Lemke House.

Anna Ramos

Anna Ramos is the director of Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona. She studied architecture at Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona and Delft University of Technology.
Every two years, the Fundació awards the European Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award - to celebrate excellence in architectural works built across Europe.

In this film interview Anna talks about the story of a building that changed the history of architecture, the Lilly Reich Grant for equality in architecture and how the future of the legacy of Mies van der Rohe can be shared among the sister institutions.

Isabelle Borges

Influenced by Brazilian modern architecture and Bauhaus, Isabelle Borges creates large scale (wall-) drawings that with their colored lines conceive open geometric pictorial spaces. The artist was born in Salvador, Brazil, studied sociology in Brasilia and fine arts in Rio de Janeiro. In 1993, she moved to Germany, where she worked as an assistant to several artists in Cologne - including Sigmar Polke - and continued her studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. She has lived and worked in Berlin for 20 years and is represented by numerous galleries in Europe and Brazil.

Borges conceived the installation Floating Space in direct dialogue with the architecture and nature of the garden. The two-dimensionality of the wall composition and the pedestal in front of it create an interplay of line and surface. Her installation reminds one of futuristic architecture and at the same time opens up space for the future.

Jean-Louis Cohen

Jean-Louis Cohen is an internationally known architectural historian, curator and author of numerous publications on modern architecture and urban planning. Since 1994, he has held the Sheldon H. Solow Professorship of Architectural History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and is a visiting professor at the Collège de France in Paris.

Cohen has curated many important exhibitions including L'aventure Le Corbusier, 1887-1965 at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1987); The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32 Photographs by Richard Pare, Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), New York (2007); Le Corbusier: Secrets of Creativity: Between Painting and Architecture, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (2012); Interférences/Interferences: Architecture Allemagne-France, 1800-2000, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg and Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt (2013 und 2014); Building a New New World: Amerikanizm in Russian Architecture, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (2020).
In 2014 Cohen curated the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

In this short film Cohen talks about his work and the connection to Mies van der Rohe, as well as about the importance of a research and information center for architecture as a companion building next to House Lemke for Berlin's cultural landscape.