Barcelona Pavilion and Beyond - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Barcelona Pavilion and Beyond

Within the frame of the European Year of Cultural Heritage at the European Cultural Heritage Summit that will be held in Berlin from 18-24 June, ANCB will screen the recent documentary “Mies on Scene” by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and NIHAO Films, about the reconstruction of Mies van der Rohe’s Pavilion. Together with the recent release of the publication Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona 1929 they focus on the knowledge and dissemination of architectural culture, promoted by the Foundation.

The film is an intimate portray of the pavilions’ lives, explained through multiple voices. The screening will be followed by a short conversation about the pavilion, the architectural but also political and societal meaning of European cultural heritage for the future and in context with urban landscape, as well as reconstruction as strategy.

The interplay of historical elements and materials in terms of site and within the building itself – while a provocation at the time – helped to establish a new modernism and language. What can we learn from this dialogue between a heritage and its surroundings? The pavilion was reconstructed decades after its demolition, which caused intense debates on the concepts of reconstructions and replication.

Both the documentary and the publication took off when celebrating the 30 years of the reconstruction, following an international exhibition and symposium. Currently many world heritage sites are under threat from unawarness, conflicts or climate change. How do we deal with the loss of built heritage? Is reconstruction an option?



Kristin Feireiss Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Anna Ramos Director, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona
Miriam Mlecek Programme Manager, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin

Film Screening
Mies On Scene. Barcelona in Two Acts
A documentary on Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion reconstruction (57:19)

Panel Discussion
Johannes Robbrecht Partner, Robbrecht en Daem Architecten, Gent, Belgium
Adrian von Buttlar Professor for Art History, TU Berlin
Laura Martínez de Guereñu Assistant Professor of Architecture, IE School of Architecture and Design,
Anna Ramos Director, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona
Moderator: Nikolaus Bernau Architecture Critic, Art Historian, Journalist, Author, Berlin

This event is part of the ANCB programme Identity in Place. Reconnecting Built Form with Societal Diversity.



Anna Ramos, Fundació Mies van der Rohe director, participates as a speaker at the workshop “Adaptive re-use of built heritage” within the frame of the European Cultural Heritage Summit in Berlin.

The workshop is co-organized with the EU Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the European Committee of Regions in the frame of the Knowledge Exchange Platform – KEP

The initiative aims at promoting good practice and smart ways in the field of adaptive reuse of built heritage to raise the awareness of local/regional authorities and communities to the cultural, social and economic benefits of such quality operations. The adaptive reuse should be seen and presented as a driver of sustainable development for European cities and regions.


European Heritage Fair

The next day, the Fundació will be presenting the European Union Contemporary Architecture Prize- Mies van der Rohe Awards, along with the European Union Prize for Literature, the European Union Prize for Popular and Contemporary Music – European Border Breakers Awards and the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage – Europa Nostra Awards, all of them part of the Cultural program Creative Europe funded by the European Comission.

The Mies awards presentation will include a projection of the finalists and winners of the last edition as well as the public display of the Atlas published in 2016 that includes the projects of all other editions, and the Young Talent Architecture Award that is now going through its second edition.



20 & 21-06-2018 18:30h


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The event will be in English. Admission is free.

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