BAUBILDER UND ERINNERUNGSMUSTER
Curators: Simon Behringer, Dietrich Neumann, Jan Maruhn
ELEMENTAL VESSELS. BETWEEN USE AND CONTEMPLATION: ANOTHER NARRATIVE OF MODERNISM
Curator: Albert Kirchengast
The annual theme ZWISCHEN GEBRAUCH UND KONTEMPLATION (Between Use and Contemplation) was borrowed from the exhibition curated by Albert Kirchengast and Rainald Franz entitled „Elementare Gefäße. Zwischen Gebrauch und Kontemplation: eine andere Erzählung der Moderne“ and declared the guiding theme of the program for the entire year.
In 2023, the Lemke House will be 90 years old. It was designed in 1932/33 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the couple Karl and Martha Lemke as a residence. A residential house is generally intended for living and use. Thus, the clients also had clear ideas about living in their own house. But Mies would not be Mies if he had not given the Lemke house an additional spiritual-aesthetic dimension through a radical clarity of architectural language and openness to nature. This also makes the property a place for contemplation. In this respect, in 2023 we remember the clients Lemke and the architect Mies and their utopian ideas for a modern life. The Mies van der Rohe Haus, which has now advanced to become an exhibition venue for contemporary art, always refers to Mies van der Rohe, the house itself, and the culture of modernism in its current programs.