Reflection Pavilion

Interventions at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona

Artists at the Exhibition
Dennis Adams, Anna & Eugeni Bach, Iñaki Bonillas, Sabine Dahrendorf, Domènec, Peter Downsbrough, Spencer Finch, Andrés Jaque, Enric Llorach, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Luis Martínez Santa-María, Antoni Muntadas, SANAA, Xavier Veilhan, EMBT, Ai Weiwei.

Team
Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona

Venue
Sala de exposiciones Ayuntamiento de Logroño

Dates
April 25th – June 2nd

Times
From Monday to Saturday from 18:00 to 21:00
Sunday and Holidays from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00

Screening of Mies on Scene
Tuesday April 30th at 20:15 the documentary Mies on Scene will be screened at la Filmoteca de La Rioja, followed by a talk with Anna & Eugeni Bach.

The Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona was created in 1983 with the initial purpose of rebuilding the pavilion that the architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich had built for the Barcelona International Exposition in 1929.

The architectonic and political determination of architect Oriol Bohigas allowed the challenge to prosper in its original location. The Barcelona Pavilion is a symbolic work reconstructed from photographs, a few original drawings and a lot of sometimes equivocal narrative.

Parallel to the reconstruction, a program of invitations to artists and architects was initiated to transform the Pavilion and generate debate. In the exhibition at the City Hall of Logroño, some of the interventions that have taken place in the Pavilion are presented for the first time and can be explained through photographs and videos.

The texts come from the same authors and in the most recent interventions, they are accompanied by publications that include the creative process and also the opinions of different experts. In addition to the artists presented at the exhibition, also participated in this reflection, poets, writers, musicians, video artists, photographers, filmmakers, dancers and actors, who are all part of the living memory of the reconstructed pavilion.

All this makes up a collection and a file that allows us to know more and better one of the most intense periods of our western culture. This exhibition is a first step to continue developing and reflecting on this work of architecture, what it meant at the time and what it continues to mean today. The Pavilion does not leave one indifferent and for this purpose it was rebuilt: it is living place where  architecture can be learned, inspiration is stimulating and there is critical reflection. Ten years ago, the Bauhaus was created, the school of architecture, design, crafts and art founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar and closed fourteen years later by the Prussian authorities in the hands of the Nazi Party, being Mies van der Rohe the school director. Like the objectives of the Bauhaus, the interventions have a double intention: on the one hand, to foster contact between architecture and the population and, on the other, to encourage teamwork and cooperation between the different arts.

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