Tbilisi architecture biennial

Barcelona Pavilion

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06.11.20

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Reflected Pavilion

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 organizes awards, congresses, conferences, exhibitions, workshops and installations.


Outstanding among these activities is the organization, 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.


Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award

A biannual prize with the main purpose of recognizing and rewarding the quality of architectural production in Europe. The Young Talent Architecture Award has the main purpose of recognizing and rewarding the quality of the final diploma projects.


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 the Media.


Exhibitions

Traveling exhibitions that document the 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.


Art interventions

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 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.


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.


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