2019 is a special year for the Fundació Mies van der Rohe since three notable anniversaries happen this year: 100 years have passed since the creation of the Bauhaus, 50 since the death of Mies van der Rohe and 90 since the opening of the German Pavilion in 1929. We also celebrate the 16th edition of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Each of these anniversaries will be reflected in this year’s program.
In the context of the celebration of the centenary of the Bauhaus, in February there will be an artistic installation that arrives from Chicago and invites to activate new views on the architecture of the avant-garde, as it will also encourage the film screening series Pantalla Pavelló (from June to September), the activities of the Architecture Week (May) or the intervention of Michael Wesely based on the image that he captured for 12 months with his camera installed in the Pavilion (September).
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the construction of the Pavilion in 1929, the reissue of the book “Mies van der Rohe, El Pabellón de Barcelona” will be presented, updated with new reflections of those who reconstructed it in 1986. And the legacy of Mies van der Rohe, 50 years after his death, will be the subject of a symposium in the Pavilion (October).
This year gets a prize: the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2019, which thanks to its recognition and international prestige serves as a platform to raise awareness on the best architecture in Europe in very diverse areas, registers and contexts. You can follow the Prize process with the update of the online database at EUMiesaward.com and the EUMiesAward App and attend a series of activities around the award ceremony (May 7): lectures, debates, the presentation of the catalog and the opening of the itinerant exhibition that presents all the nominees that will have a “street” version in Barcelona’s public spaces during this year’s Architecture Week.
The Fundació Mies van der Rohe presents an extensive program of activities that will be carried out both in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion and in other locations in order to promote the interest on architectural culture, bringing to the citizens this symbolic work of the modern movement that has inspired generations of architects, and still stimulates critical reflection and generates new views on architecture.
The commitment to dissemination of architectural culture is reflected in the educational activities, the annual pass “Amic of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation” and the open days that we celebrate for Santa Eulàlia, Sant Jordi, Museum’s Night, the 48H Open House and La Mercè to give everyone the opportunity to get to know the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion. These activities, especially targeting for the local public, are very well received and represent 20% of the annual visitors in the Pavilion. With the same commitment, the Fundació promotes and actively participates in the Architecture Week of Barcelona, where the Pavilion will be one of the meeting and diffusion spaces.
The artistic interventions that the Fundació presents this year are the installation of light and sound “Geometry of Light” within the framework of Llum Barcelona, the artistic proposal of Sabine Marcelo and Side Gallery, the participation in Sónar with Lucrecia Dalt, the photographic intervention 1: 100 and Re-enactment: Lilly Reich Occupies the Barcelona Pavilion, product of the outcome research of the Lilly Reich scholarship for equality in Architecture. The program includes concerts, dance and film shows with the “Pantalla Pavelló” “Architecture, cinema and Bauhaus” series and participation in the Filmoteca de Catalunya “Per Amor a les Arts” series on arts in cinema.
As for publications and documentaries, the catalog and short film about the artistic intervention “Mies Missing Materiality” (Anna & Eugeni Bach, 2018) and the catalog of the intervention “Fear of Columns” (Luis Martínez Santa-María, 2016) will be presented as well as the short film “Mujer a contraluz” based on the intervention of Enric Llorach. In addition, following the objective of approaching architectural culture to everyone, the documentary “Mies on Scene: Barcelona in two acts” which explains the impact of the Pavilion’s construction and reconstruction will reach, after having been presented at festivals around the world, the large television audience.
Exhibitions also have their space in the program. Before starting its itinerancy inside and outside Europe (in the previous edition 195,000 people visited it), the exhibition of the Prize will take place at Palau Victoria Eugènia during the whole month of May, with a “street” version in Barcelona’s public spaces as part of the Architecture Week of Barcelona. In Autumn, as a result of a collaboration with AxA, the “Water Landscapes” exhibition will be presented at Museu Marítim de Barcelona based on the documentary archive of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
In the field of research and architectural debate, it is remarkable that 27% of visitors to the Pavilion are students from all over the world. This year the Fundació will participate in the European project Artists in Architecture: Re-activating Modern European Houses with the Bozar Center in Brussels and the University of Naples. The collaboration agreement with the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura of Barcelona and the Tongji University of Shanghai continues under which the archive of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is the basis for academic research. As a member of the Future Architecture Platform, the Fundació is an active part of the first pan-European platform for museums, festivals and architecture producers, bringing ideas about the future of cities and architecture to the general public. And in October will open the call for the next edition of the Young Talent Architecture Award 2020 organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of Creative Europe as an extension of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award in collaboration with the European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE) and the Council of Architects of Europe (ACE-CAE).
The Fundació’s programme is open and allows new activities to be incorporated during the year that will be communicated through its agenda updates, social media and its newsletter to which everyone can subscribe at miesbcn.com/news
Mies van der Rohe Pavilion