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mies van der rohe
is best known today as the leading and most influential exponent of the
refined glass-and-steel architecture of the mid-20th-century.

see mies' biography and work

biography

the barcelona pavilion

the farnsworth house

the twin towers

the seagram building
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two important shows have opened in new york to celebrate the father
of modern architecture: the whitney and the MoMA have coordinated
various aspects of their mies exhibitions, including opening events
and online presentation.
the two institutions have teamed up on a co-branded website at both
http://www.moma.org/mies
http://www.whitney.org/mies

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mies in berlin
museum of modern art, new york
june 21 to september 11, 2001

'mies in berlin' is the first in-depth look at the early career
of architect ludwig mies van der rohe.
the exhibition and accompanying publication examine all
of mies's architectural work, including his more traditional
projects, from the time he arrived in berlin in 1905 and
established his practice there in 1913, until his emigration
to the united states in 1938.
'mies in berlin' features 47 of mies's projects in europe,
represented by over 288 drawings and 14 scale models
specifically commissioned for the exhibition, in addition
to the architect's own model of the tugendhat house in
brno, czech republic. new and archival photographs of
mies buildings are presented along with presentation
renderings by architects karl friedrich schinkel, peter behrens,
and hendrik petrus berlage, mies's acknowledged masters.
original paintings, sculptures, drawings, and films featured
in 'G', including works by man ray, marcel duchamp,
and others, will also be shown.
the exhibition is organized by terence riley, chief curator,
department of architecture and design at the museum of
modern art, and barry bergdoll, professor of art history,
columbia university.
'mies in berlin' will subsequently travel to:
the altes museum, berlin
(december 14, 2001, to march 10, 2002);
the fundacio la caixa, barcelona
(july 30 to september 29, 2002)

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mies in america
whitney museum of american art, new york
june 21 to september 23, 2001

this exhibition looks at mies's work from the time
he established himself in chicago in 1938 until
his death in 1969.
'mies in america' will present some 220 drawings
made by mies and members of his office;
60 photographs of mies, his colleagues and his
projects; and models of four key buildings:
resor house (jackson hole, wyoming, 1937-38),
the convention hall (chicago, 1953-54),
the seagram building (new york city, 1954-58)
and the new national gallery (berlin, 1962-68).
an intellectual and artistic context is provided through
presentations of some of the books from mies's extensive
library and artworks by wassily kandinsky, paul klee
and kurt schwitters from his noteworthy personal
collection.
curated by phyllis lambert, founding director
and chair of the canadian centre for architecture
(CCA), whose association with mies began in
1954 when she selected him to design the
seagram building and served as the project's
director of planning, and who subsequently
earned her degree in architecture at the illinois
institute of technology.
after its showing at the whitney museum, M
'mies in america' will be presented at:
the CCA in montreal
(october 17, 2001 - january 20, 2002);
the museum of contemporary art, chicago
(february 16 - may 26, 2002).

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see the beautiful book
mies van der rohe in america

edited by phyllis lambert, cca,
the whitney museum of american art
and hatje cantz, 2001
http://www.hatjecantz.de
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mies in the doorway of the riehl house, 1910
courtesy the museum of modern art, new york



sky-scraper project, friedrichstrasse berlin, 1921
courtesy the museum of modern art, new york


new national gallery, berlin (1962 -1968)



8:00 pm, 26 september 1988
toronto-dominion center, toronto (1963-1969).
ludwig mies van der rohe
photo: peter mac callum
© detlef mertins
courtesy canadian center for architecture, montreal