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 Bismark Monument Project (1910) in Bingen, the War Memorial Project for the Neue Wache (1930) in Berlin and the Tomb for the Philosopher Alois Riehl (1924) in Klein Glienicke. The exhibition focuses on memorial and tomb 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. Mies' monument to Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, at the Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery (1926), plays a central role.
The Revolutionary Monument was destroyed by the National Socialists in 1933. It was finally demolished in 1935. With the liberation from National Socialism, a debate began about the reconstruction of this monument, which has not yet 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 the brick format and construction remain largely unanswered. On the basis of recent research results, the exhibition sets the stage for further debate on the reconstruction of the monument. In connection with the exhibition, the monument will be temporarily erected for better viewing. The exhibition not only discusses the material and constructive nature of the monuments, but also reflects on their history of creation and destruction. The presentation presents a search for traces, a network of references and contexts that focus on the relationship between space and object, material and writing, and architecture and sculpture.