Mies Goes Future: Film and Exhibition Project

SPACE-TIME-ODYSSEY

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 project is curated by Esenija Bannan
The videos are created by the American artist and filmmaker Greg Bannan. 

Introduction
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.

Odile Decq

In her projects, the architect combines historical and modern elements such as seen in the restaurant of the heritage-protected Opéra Garnier in Paris or the extension of Rome's MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma. Her design for the Banque Populaire de l'Ouest in Rennes brought her worldwide recognition. Decq received the Golden Lion for Best Exhibition Design at the 6th International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 1996. In 2014, she founded The Confluence School of Architecture in Lyon.

For Mies Goes Future, we visited the architect in her office in Paris and spoke about new buildings adjacent to architectural monuments, using the example of Renzo Piano's addition to the site of Le Corbusier’s iconic Notre Dame du Haut de Ronchamp chapel in France and the MACRO museum in Rome, which Decq designed in 2011, as well as about a possible extension building for the Lemke House in Berlin.

 

Alex Schweder

The American architectural artist studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, the American Academy in Rome, the Pratt Institute and Princeton University in New York. In 2007, he coined the term "performance architecture". This is an expression of his understanding of architecture as an impulse generator for our behavior as well as a prop for its inhabitants, with the help of which they can form and perform their identity. Schweder explores his spatial ideas not only by building them, but also by performing them. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Britain, Performa 17, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice.

For the Mies Goes Future project the artist created a performance at the Mies van der Rohe House titled Futures Alloyed Into A Past. In his performance Schweder shows how his role as "architect" follows different impulses and how he perceives and artistically reinterprets the House Lemke.

Andres Lepik

Andres Lepik is an architectural historian and since 2012 professor of architectural history and curatorial practice at the Technical University of Munich and director of the Architekturmuseum TU Munich.  

Lepik worked as a curator at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin and was responsible for architecture exhibitions such as Renzo Piano. Architekturen des Lebens (2000) and CONTENT. Rem Koolhaas and AMO/OMA (2003). From 2007 to 2010 he was curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York. His exhibitions included Small Scale, Big Change. New Architectures of Social Engagement and he was co-curator of the exhibition Mies in Berlin. At Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, he was a Loeb Fellow in 2012 and co-curated the exhibition Participation: Empowerment in Practice with the seminar director and students.  

As part of his seminar Architectural Analysis (Mies Exhibits / Exhibiting Mies. Exhibitions by and on Mies van der Rohe), which ended with an excursion to Berlin, Andres Lepik visited with his students the Neue Nationalgalerie and House Lemke. In this video, Lepik expresses his support for the new building for the Mies van der Rohe House in Berlin.

 

David Chipperfield

British architect David Chipperfield is known worldwide for his residential and educational buildings as well as museums and restorations. His architectural practice, which he founded in 1985, has offices in London, Berlin, Shanghai and Milan. 

Chipperfield's best-known buildings include the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames (1997), the Figge Art Museum in Davenport (2004), Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach (2006), Ninetree Village in Hangzhou (2008) and the Museum Folkwang in Essen (2009). In 2009, he completed the reconstruction of the Neues Museum on Museum Island in Berlin after nearly ten years of planning and construction. This year Chipperfield completed his first residential project in New York in Bryant Park. Most resently, the Neue Nationalgalerie an iconic building by Mies van der Rohe, was ceremoniously reopened after years-long renovation. 
In 2011, Chipperfield received the RIBA Gold Medal for his life's work. That same year, he received the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. His other awards include the Heinrich Tessenow Medal (1999), election to the Royal Academy (2008), the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2009), and the Japan Art Association Praemium Imperiale (2013).

In his contribution to the Mies Goes Future project, David Chipperfield talks about the clean line in the architectural language of Mies van der Rohe and his traditional approach to the art of building, as well as about the unique quality of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin and about the role of architectural monuments in the future.