Laura Martínez de Guereñu. Re-enactment: Lilly Reich’s Work Occupies the Barcelona Pavilion

On the eve of the Women’s Day, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe presents the artistic intervention Re-enactment, by Laura Martínez de Guereñu, outcome of the first call of the Lilly Reich Grant for Equality in Architecture.

Re-enactment is a material response to the pervasive invisibility of Lilly Reich’s work. It arises with a clear motivation: to reveal the architecture designed by Lilly Reich for the German sections of the 1929 International Exposition inside eight noucentista Palaces, an area that is fifty times greater in magnitude than the Pavilion itself.

Re-enactment occupies the heart of the Pavilion with the reconstruction of two of the display-cases Lilly Reich originally designed for the Palaces. The intervention transforms a vertical element of light – the milky color double-glazed screen– into a horizontal display-case and adds a vertical display-case to a visitor’s path toward the inner pond. This reconstruction was possible thanks to the blueprints that Lilly Reich saved moving them to Mühlhausen (Thuringia) during World War II, the originals of which are nowadays a part of the Lilly Reich Collection of the Mies van der Rohe Archive in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

By presenting documents from another dozen of archives and private collections from Barcelona, Berlin, Dessau, Frankfurt, Madrid, Sevilla and Weimar, the horizontal display-case provides an unprecedented tour through the Palaces. The intervention recovers the “great photos of Barcelona” that Lilly Reich herself regretted losing in a bombing in Berlin and that show how her display-cases accomplished the scalar transition from the great variety of German products to the very diverse spatial structures of the Palaces. By means of two short films, the vertical display-case highlights the immaterial heritage of the work made in Barcelona and reveals the Pavilion as an anteroom to more than 16.000 m2 of industrial exhibitions.

 

Opening March 6 at 13:00h– Following the presentation of the research by the artist, a panel discussion will take place with Wolf Tegethoff and Christiane Lange, renowned experts in the work of Lilly Reich and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and members of the jury.

Acknowledgements: Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona, Arxiu General de Fira de Barcelona, Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona, Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya, Bauhaus-Archiv | Museum für Gestaltung, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Filmoteca de Catalunya, Filmoteca Española, Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas, Private Collection Frankfurt, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau.

Isabel Bachs, Anke Blümm, Cristian Cirici, Magdalena Droste, Christiane Lange, Andres Lepik, Fernando Ramos, Helmut Reuter, Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, Begoña Soto-Vázquez, Wolf Tegethoff.

©Photos Anna Mas

 

Date

6-3-2020 > 22-3-2020

Place

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

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