A lecture on the occasion of the recent acquisition by the Art Institute of Chicago for its permanent collection of some of the pieces with which Andrés Jaque performed “Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society” in the Mies van der Rohe in 2012,
Andrés Jaque in conversation with curator Maite Borjabad discuss the narratives of the work and reveal the complex acquisition process behind this unique, provocative, site specific installation.
Commissioned by Fundació Mies van der Rohe Barcelona, Jaque began his project by looking in an unusual place: the basement under the landmark pavilion. This space revealed the hidden nature of the building, or the pavilion’s ghost (PHANTOM), composed of abandoned objects, building materials, and maintenance supplies that together reveal the Barcelona Pavilion as a social construction resulting from specific technological moments and civic initiatives.