MIES AND THE UNFINISHED MODERNITY

A lecture series on the revolutionary monument of 1926

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Monument to the Revolution at the Berlin-Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery commemorated the assassination 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. Questions about the technical and aesthetic, but also moral feasibility of a reconstruction. Recovering the building would not only be an architectural monument, but also an important monument to the history of German democracy.

The patron of the series is Michael Grunst, Mayor of Berlin-Lichtenberg. Lectures and discussions with Carsten Krohn, Thomas Lindenberger, Dietrich Neumann, Fritz Neumeyer, Aya Soika, among others. Moderation: Ulf Meyer, publicist and architecture critic, and Jörn Köppler, architect. The events will be streamed live via the Youtube channel of the Mies van der Rohe Haus and can be accessed there afterwards.