Mies Goes Future - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Mies Goes Future

How can architecture icons be projected into the future? – The role of a museum building in the 21st century.

The future of the Mies van der Rohe Haus in Berlin – known as the Haus Lemke (1932) designed by Mies van der Rohe, and in which he collaborated with Lilly Reich for interior and furniture design – has been part of an ongoing conversation, initiated by the director, Wita Noack with the support of the chairman of the board of directors Ingolf Kern. Due to the large influx of visitors, the historic building is insufficient to efficiently accommodate all the required functions. To think about the best way to grow by assessing how this expansion would affect its environment and its operation, the international project “Mies Goes Future” was launched to listen to the diverse voices of artists, architects and art historians through of interviews, monologues, debates, documentaries, photographs or sketches to give a broad look at the future of the Mies van der Rohe Haus at  Lemke Haus.

This issue is not exclusive to the Mies van der Rohe Haus, but also concerns other institutions that find themselves with this same need: to grow without betraying the architectural piece that saw them born.

In this context we gather at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion the representatives of four European museums that are in the process of expanding spaces to cover the requirements that the future demands of them. An opportunity to share their experience, collect ideas and start a conversation to understand the built spaces that a 21st-century museum needs.

The guests at the round table are:

Wita Noack. director of the Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin
Joachim Jäger, deputy director of the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Margherita Guccione, director of MAXXI Architettura and scientific director of Grande MAXXI, Roma
Isabel Bachs, director of architecture and general services of MACBA, Barcelona, and member of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion reconstruction team.

Moderated by Esenija Bannan, curator of the Mies Goes Future project and Anna Ramos, director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

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*This event will be held mainly in English with no translation service
*The recording will be available soon on our YouTube channel



Previously, on 5 September, the film cycle Pantalla Pavelló will present the documentary “Mies Goes Future” by filmmaker Greg Bannan and curator Esenija Bannan in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion with their participation and as an anticipation to the event on 27 September.