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Mies van der Rohe: Barcelona-1929

The expert contributors to this lavishly illustrated volume, devoted entirely to Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion of 1929, address here for the first time the forgotten contexts of the Pavilion’s genesis. Habitually thought of as an abstract, unpolluted, and splendidly isolated building—a precursor of Mies’s American period—the Pavilion is revealed here as a thoroughly European work, perhaps less pristine but more authentic.
Mies and Lilly Reich were commissioned to design not only the Pavilion but also more than one hundred thousand square feet of German stands spread throughout the Exposition. By examining that work in addition to the Pavilion itself, the contributors present a far-reaching reinterpretation of the whole. They also explore connections with the mass media, highlight the work’s antecedents and meaning in the history of architecture, and analyze the current pavilion, a reconstruction of the original built in 1986. No other critical study offers a comparable overview of Mies’s work in Barcelona.

256 pages | 180 color plates, 150 halftones | 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018

Architecture: Architecture--Criticism

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Table of Contents

The Pavilion at the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition
The Navigators of Wonderment
The Unprecedented Presence of the German Pavilion at the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition
Carmen Rodríguez Pedret
Mies, Barcelona and the Bauhaus
The Pavilion as a 16,000 m2 Anteroom to the Exposition
Laura Martínez de Guereñu
“What do you mean by a Pavilion?”
Mies van der Rohe and the Genesis of the Barcelona Pavilion
Dietrich Neumann
The Pavilion in Mies’s Work
The Secret Life of Columns
Fritz Neumeyer
“In Tangent with the Structure of Plant Growth”
The Resilient Margins of the Barcelona Pavilion
Spyros Papapetros
The Pavilion and the Media
Mies’s Laughter
Lutz Robbers
Manifesto Architecture
The Ghost of Mies
Beatriz Colomina
Every Difference Makes a Difference
Ruminating on Two Pavilions and Two Modernities
Remei Capdevila-Werning
List of Illustrations

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