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BUILDING
 
 
Pabellón Mies van der Rohe [Pabellón Alemán de Barcelona]
Pavillion Mies van der Rohe [German Pavillion]
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DESIGNER
 
 
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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DESCRIPTION
 
Pavillion Mies van der Rohe BarcelonaThe Pavilion is one of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s seminal Works and a key point of reference in XX-century architecture. The famous German Pavilion was built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition and disassembled the following year. Half a century later, and in view of the importance of the Pavilion in terms of contemporary architectural history, the Barcelona City Council, with architect Oriol Bohigas at the head of its Urban Planning Department, decided to faithfully reconstruct the building. The project was carried out after extensive research by Ignasi de Solà-Morales, Cristian Cirici and Fernando Ramos between 1983 and 1986 on the Pavilion’s original Montjuïc site.
Its innovative architectural structure marked a radical change in the layout of space and greatly influenced the development of modern architecture. Furthermore, the Pavilion exhibits the Barcelona Chair, also designed by Mies, along with a bronze reproduction of Georg Kolbe's sculpture Morning.
The Barcelona chair
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairMies van der Rohe designed a chair, especially for the Pavilion, consisting of a leatherupholstered metallic profile that over the years has become an icon of modern design. To such an extent, in fact, that the Barcelona chair is still manufactured and marketed today.
Georg Kolbe's sculpture
Georg Kolbe Pavillion Mies van der Rohe BarcelonaThe sculpture is a bronze reproduction of the piece entitled Dawn by Georg Kolbe, a contemporary of Mies van der Rohe's. Masterfully placed at one end of the small pond, the sculpture is reflected not only in the water but also in the marble and glass, thereby creating the sensation that it is multiplied in space, while its curves contrast with the geometrical purity of the building.
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MATERIALS
 
glass, steel, marble

Pavillion Mies van der Rohe BarcelonaGlass, steel and four different kinds of marble (Roman travertine, green Alpine marble, ancient green marble from Greece and golden onyx from the Atlas Mountains) were used for the reconstruction, all of the same characteristics and provenance as the ones originally employed by Mies in 1929.
Mies van der Rohe's originality in the use of materials lay not so much in novelty as in the ideal of modernity they expressed through the rigour of their geometry, the precision of the pieces and the clarity of their assembly.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Spain [España]
Region
Catalonia [Cataluña/Catalunya]
Province
Barcelona
Town
Barcelona
Neighborhoods
Dt. 03 Sants-Montjuïc
Address
Avda. del Marquès de Comillas, 08038 Barcelona
 
 
Telephone
+34.934.234.016
Fax
+34.934.263.772
Website
E-mail
pavello@miesbcn.com
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Art galleries and exhibition areas
Operations on existing buildings
Completion, rebuilding
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1928    
Realisation
1929
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THE BUILDING IN CINEMA
 
Title
  Mies On Scene. Barcelona in Two Acts
Directed by
Pep Martín, Xavi Campreciós
Nationality
Spain
Year of production
2018
Cast
Fritz Neumeyer, Eduardo Mendoza, Barry Bergdoll, Xavier Rubert de Ventós, Oriol Bohigas, Fernando Ramos, Cristian Cirici, Martino Stierli, Paul Galloway, Isabel Bachs, Toni Mira, Jordi Marquès
Building's role
Protagonist
Annotations
Mies On Scene. Barcelona in Two Acts, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona PavilionThe Barcelona Pavilion, the masterpiece with which Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich staged their revolutionary ideas in 1929, changed the History of architecture forever. It only existed for eight months but paradoxically its image was always alive in the minds of generations of architects around the world, becoming one of his greatest influences.

The Pavilion is still surrounded by myths and mysteries that this documentary addresses, framing the building into a portrait in two acts of the Barcelona that made possible its cons- truction in 1929 and its reconstruction in 1986. We immerse ourselves in a reflection on the transformative capacity of art, the emotional perception of space and the concept of masterpiece.


DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

During the last nine years we have had the pleasure of filming the Barcelona Pavilion on numerous and varied occasions: video art, advertising spots or transformation interventions that artists like Ai Weiwei have made in this space. It is a scenario of endless perspectives, lights and reflections, a living building that changes at every hour of the day and at any season of the year. Each time you record it, the Pavilion surprises you with a new reflection or a new vi- sual composition, and you discover that fourth dimension that Mies created with the game of materials and perspectives. A universe where the composition of each frame easily becomes art within art because the Pavilion generates and multiplies beauty. This documentary is a cinematographic essay within this space of Miesian architecture, at once abstract and rational, finite and infinite.



CREDITS
Directors: Pep Martín & Xavi Campreciós
Producers: Anna Ramos, Antoni Garijo, Ivan Blasi, Pep Martín, Xavi Campreciós
Screenplay: Ivan Blasi, Anna Sala Giralt, Xavi Campreciós, Pep Martín
Music: Marc Mas
Sound: Brendan Golden, Blai Barba
Cinematography and editing: Pep Martín & Xavi Campreciós
Duration: 58 minutes
Original languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, German
Screening format: DCP. (Subtitles versions: English, Spanish, Catalan)
Format: 16:9
Shot in: Barcelona (Spain), New York (USA)
Production companies: Nihao Films, Fundació Mies van der Rohe
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Paolo Amaldi, Mies van der Rohe. Le false certezze del padiglione di Barcellona, Testo&Immagine, Torino 2003
Josep Quetglas, Fear of Glass. Mies van der Rohe's Pavillion in Barcelona, Birkhauser, Wien 2000
Robin Evans "Il padiglione di Barcellona e l'arte di dimenticare", Casabella 592, luglio-agosto/july-august 1992, pp. 46-51
Franz Schulze, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Editoriale Jaca Book, Milano 1989, pp. 155-164
Ignasi de Solá Morales "Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Barcellona 1929-1986", Domus 674, luglio-agosto/july-august 1986, pp. 76-80
Ignasi de Solá Morales, Fernando Ramos, Cristian Cirici "La ricostruzione del Padiglione di Mies a Barcellona", Casabella 526 luglio-agosto/july-august 1986, pp. 44-55
Giovanni Klaus Koenig, "Dialogando con l'acqua/Talking with water", Ottagono, giugno/june 1984, "I significati dell'acqua" p. 26 (18-33, 188-191)
Bruno Zevi, Spazî dell'architettura moderna, Einaudi, Torino 1973, tav. 202-205 [III. I maestri del periodo razionalista]
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STAFF
 
Art intervention
Georg Kolbe (sculpture)
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Pepo Segura - Fundació Mies van der Rohe-Barcelona
Text edit by Fundació Mies van der Rohe-Barcelona
courtesy by Fundació Mies van der Rohe-Barcelona

Pavillion Mies van der Rohe Barcelona



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