10.10.2021 till 2022

by Carsten Krohn with Kuehn Malvezzi

Four built and four projected monuments by Mies van der Rohe are set in relation to each other, including the Bismarkdenkmal project (1910) in Bingen, the war memorial project for the Neue Wache (1930) in Berlin, or the tomb for the philosopher Alois Riehl (1924) in Klein Glienicke. The exhibition addresses memorial designs as well as two temporary monuments. Based on Adolf Loos' remark - "only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument" - the exhibition addresses this building task in relation to Mies' built architecture.

A central role is played by Mies' monument to Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, at the Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery (1926-35). With the liberation from National Socialism, a debate began about the reconstruction of this monument, which to this day has not led to a conclusive result. In the meantime, this debate has itself become part of the history of the work. However, important questions such as those concerning brick format and construction have remained largely unanswered. On the basis of recent research results, the exhibition sets the stage for further debate about a reconstruction of the monument. In connection with the exhibition, the monument will be temporarily erected.

The exhibition not only discusses the material and constructive nature of the monument, but also reflects on its history of creation and destruction. The presentation establishes a search for traces, a network of references and contexts, dealing with the relationship between space and object, material and writing, and architecture and sculpture.