Barcelona Pavilion

Architecture and Sulpture

Ed.: Ursel Berger, Thomas Pavel; Authors: Claudia Beckmann, Ursel Berger, Verena Dollenmaier, Birgit Erdmann, Carolin Jahn, Lea Kameke, Claudia Marcy, Thomas Pavel, Esther Stenkamp
2006 | 192 S. | 22 €

The German Pavilion, built for the 1929 World’s Fair in Barcelona, is arguably one of the most impressive designs by Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. After its reconstruction in 1986, the Barcelona Pavilion became a world-renowned attraction and is considered a prime example of modernist architecture. Ahead of its time, it is the effective combination of architecture and sculpture that makes it unique. Together with sculptor Georg Kolbe, Mies van der Rohe tested a new form of architectural sculpture in „flowing space,“ in which autonomous sculpture and architectural space mutually complement each other and achieve an enormous spatial effect. Georg Kolbe commented on the placement of his sculpture „Morgen“ with „Result: best complement“.

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