Annual Program

After the exciting Bauhaus 100th anniversary year, the famous silence after the storm follows in a welcome way. In this way, the programme can once again be geared more to the inner potential of the Mieschen space at Haus Lemke. The focus is on the contemplative atmosphere of the place, which allows space and time to flow practically into each other. With four exhibitions and two conferences, the annual theme SPACE-TIME-ODYSSEY will be a journey through the history of architecture and art, linking the Neue Nationalgalerie with the Mies van der Rohe Haus in artistic photographs and finally leading to Mies' dictum "less is more".

With the annual theme SPACE-TIME-ODYSSEY, the program not only takes up the special qualities of Mies's building, but also picks up on various themes of modernism, such as Sigfried Giedion's famous cultural-theoretical publication "Space, Time, Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition" and refers to the year 2020, which is phonetically reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick's science fiction cult film "2001: Odyssey in Space". The development of Hermann Minkowski's space-time continuum in 1907 and the emergence of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity in 1916 also had a major influence on the arts. For example, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky were concerned with the visualization and awareness of space and time in their works and writings, including ‘point and line to area’.




Mies van der Rohe's architecture is built on an ideal ground. It does not find its goal in the sheer fulfilment of its purpose, publicity or economic success. Its foundation reaches deeper. Mies's buildings are created with the help of many hand-drawn sketches, impressive collages, and testing models - long before a project is realized, they help to transform the "mental statics" of a design into reality.

This exhibition is about illustrating Mies' architectural thinking in "thought models": six architectural models and a film enter into a dialogue with words and images and the space of the Lemke House. They take the opposite approach to the architectural design process, trying to "extract" the ideal content from the built work for today's debate.

The exhibition was accompanied by a symposium in February. The conference's essays have been collected and published in our fourth issue of the Mies van der Rohe Haus publication series.

SCREENS AND SIEVES - Veronika Kellndorfer


The exhibition SCREENS AND SIEVES is about a journey through space and time. The artist Veronika Kellndorfer brings the European and American work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe into dialogue by linking large-format views of the Neue Nationalgalerie with the architecture of the Landhaus Lemke. Kellndorfer's photographs are realized as silkscreen prints on glass. Glasses and screens make the complex process visible and open up ambivalences of reflection, transparency and penetration. Present and past, dream and reality condense into a new narrative in the light-flooded rooms of the Mies van der Rohe House and at the same time show an excerpt from the architect's odyssey.

The relevance of Mies' architectural thinking

Albert Kirchengast and Jörn Köppler

Symposium Haus Lemke, 28. 2. 2020, 1-8 p.m. 
The lectures will be held in German


1 p.m. - 1.30 p.m., start
Jörn Köppler, Potsdam and Albert Kirchengast, Art History Institute in Florence

1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m., lecture and discussion
Fritz Neumeyer, architectural theorist, Technical University of Berlin

2.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m., lecture and discussion
Wita Noack, director Mies van der Rohe House

coffee break

3.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m., lecture and discussion
Alexander Schwarz, architect, University of Stuttgart/David Chipperfield Architects

4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m., lecture and discussion
Günter Figal, Philosopher, University of Freiburg

5.45 p.m. - 6.45 p.m., lecture and discussion
Erich Garhammer, Theologian, University of Würzburg

coffee break

7 p.m. -7.30 p.m., Reading
Arnold Stadler, writer, rest at Meßkirch

From 7.30 p.m. Final discussion
With Simon Strauss, author and journalist, Berlin

Apéro and finale at Haus Lemke