“Treacherous Transparencies” book by Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron

Treacherous Transparencies analyzes transparency as expressed in architecture and art in an attempt to understand the intentions and objectives that underlie its use by pertinent architects and artists.

 

Mies van der Rohe, Farnsworth House © Pierre de Meuron

Mies van der Rohe, Farnsworth House © Pierre de Meuron

 

The publication looks at a few important works by selected artists and architects who work with transparency as an artistic strategy, which they implement primarily by using glass and mirrors but other media as well. The architects and artists listed together in this context form an unlikely alliance: Bruno Taut, Ivan Leonidov, Marcel Duchamp, Mies van der Rohe, Dan Graham, and Gerhard Richter. But they do have something in common: their work marks salient way stations in the story of modernism up to the present day. (more…)

“The lives of the Pavilion. Intermittent account of an essential space” at Barcelona Pavilion

The exhibition will be located on the esplanade between the Magic Fountain on Montjuïc and the Pavilion, thereby establishing a constant reference to the work by Mies van der Rohe and its setting, structured around three nuclei that represent each of the lives of the Pavilion.

 

"The lives of the Pavilion" exhibition view © Pepo Segura

“The lives of the Pavilion” exhibition view © Pepo Segura

 

This is an intermittent account that combines presence with absence. It is an interrupted history, beset with uncertainty from the very beginning, a pavilion that the German authorities did not decide to build until the last minute and which was constructed hastily in less than three months, and a reconstruction, the fulfilment of a desire on the part of several generations, the positive outcome of a handful of trials, errors and false starts. (more…)

The Barcelona Pavilion’s «lost drawings», for the first time in Bologna

On the occasion of the Bologna Design Week, ABC presents the unpublished drawings of the Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Mies van der Rohe to represent Germany at the Universal Exhibition of 1929, as drawn by his assistant Ruegenberg after the originals were destroyed during WWII.

 

Postcard sent by Sergius Ruegenberg to Mario Ciamitti: "Portrait of Mies Van der Rohe"

Postcard sent by Sergius Ruegenberg to Mario Ciamitti: “Portrait of Mies Van der Rohe”

 

ABC, an association who is always ready to acknowledge and work on the proposals from the creative sectors  of the city of Bologna, will open the fall season on September 24, at 18.30, with the exhibition “The Barcelona Pavilion in Bologna. A history of designs by Mies van der Rohe to Ruegenberg “, open until 24 October 2015. (more…)

Exhibition about Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat opens in CIVA  Brussels

The exhibition on the Tugendhat Villa is composed of 14 comprehensive topics dealing with the history of the villa in several time periods. Accompanying texts of individual “chapters” do not directly follow up on each other in their structure.

 

Villa Tugendhat © David Zidlicky

Villa Tugendhat © David Zidlicky

 

On September 23 from 7 pm a festive opening of the Vila Tugendhat exhibition will be held in the spaces of CIVA – The International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Landspace. The opening will be held together with a lecture by the Villa director Iveta Černá called “Beyond of the Glass Room: The many lives of the Villa Tugendhat”. (more…)

Rediscovering design: largest collection of Bauhaus objects to be presented in Berlin

The Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin has recently inaugurated its permanent exhibition, reorganizing the collection pieces for a fresh look on the world-famous school of architecture, design and art. Along with the new Collection, a special exhibition will take place showcasing 100 new objects acquired by the Bauhaus-Archiv.

 

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection
Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

 

The Bauhaus-Archiv possesses the world’s most extensive collection related to the Bauhaus (1919–1933), one of the 20th century’s most important schools of architecture, design and art. The new design of the collection’s permanent display, inaugurated on March 18, will not just show the well-known classics of Bauhaus design, but key works that have previously only rarely been exhibited.

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