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MIES AND THE UNFINISHED MODERNITY

A lecture series on the 1926 Monument to the Revolution

Next event: Friday, May 13, 2022, admission 5:30 p.m., start 6 p.m. at the Mies van der Rohe Haus.

Speakers: Dietrich Neumann, Barry Bergdoll, Carsten Krohn and Thomas Flierl, Moderation: Wita Noack and Jörn Köppler

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Monument to the Revolution at Berlin-Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery commemorated the assassinations 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, as well as questions about the technical and aesthetic, but also moral feasibility of a reconstruction. The rebuilding would not only restore an architectural monument, but also a monument to the history of German democracy.

Dates: March 11 / April 22 / May 13 / June 10 / July 2 / September 9 / October 14 / November 11, 2022, each starting at 6 p.m.

All lectures and discussions will be streamed live via the YouTube channel of the Mies van der Rohe Haus and will remain available there afterwards.