The Fundació Mies van der Rohe was set up in 1983 by the Barcelona City Hall with the initial purpose of reconstructing the German Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.
Besides conserving and disseminating knowledge about the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, the Fundació today also fosters debate on and awareness of themes related to contemporary architecture and urban planning, as well as encouraging studies on the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and on the Modern Movement. In accordance with these objectives, the Fundació organises awards, congresses, conferences, exhibitions, workshops and installations.
Outstanding among these activities is the organisation, jointly with the European Commission, of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, one of the most prestigious of all European architecture prizes.
FUNDACIÓ MIES VAN DER ROHE PROGRAMMES
European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award
The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Prize is a biannual and has the main purpose of recognizing and rewarding the quality of architectural production in Europe.
Young Talent Architecture Award
The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) is a biannual and has the main purpose of recognizing and rewarding the quality of the final career projects throughout the European Union.
Divulgation of the Pavilion
The Barcelona Pavilion, symbolic work of the Modern Movement, has been studied and interpreted comprehensively, at the same time as it has inspired the work of several generations of architects. It was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) as the national pavilion of Germany for the International Exhibition of Barcelona in 1929. Built with glass, steel and different marble classes, the Pavilion was designed to house the official reception presided over by king Alfonso XIII next to the German authorities.
Research and debate
The Foundation develops numerous projects such as series of conferences, debates and projects in collaboration with academic institutions to promote debate and research on modern architecture, as well as contemporary architecture and urban planning issues. These include the Lilly Reich Scholarship for equity in architecture, participation in the Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Architecture of the ETSAB or the Congress of Architecture and Media.
The Mies van der Rohe Foundation regularly organizes traveling exhibitions that document their own Architecture Awards. Ultra these, others are also organized dealing with issues related to the broad lines of modern and contemporary architecture, both historical and current. For this purpose, it combines exhibitions of own production with others that have been made in collaboration with related entities. Also within this program of architectural dissemination, the Foundation regularly proposes conferences, film cycles and acts in collaboration with various cultural events in the city.
The interventions of plastic artists that take place at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion are conceived as installations or short exhibitions and of short duration. The intervention program provides a type of activity unique to the city that is based on the exceptional spaces of the Pavilion. The facilities are a way to maintain active interpretations and give meaning to the current situation of the Pavilion. A periodicity of one or two projects per year is considered, maintaining an adequate proportion between interventions by artists and architects.
Publications and documentaries
As part of its broadcasting program, the Mies van der Rohe Foundation publishes a catalog of each edition of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Prize, in which the works presented and / or selected are documented, with the intention of creating an instrument of reference and communication of the current architectural production. Also published are catalogs and books related to the activities developed in the Pavilion. Also within this program of cultural production, the Foundation has produced or has been part of the production of documentaries about Mies, modern architecture or subjects of contemporary architecture and urbanism.