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Crossing Borders: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe immigrated to the US from Germany around 1938. In America, Mies van der Rohe’s career as an architect and teacher flourished, and his distinctive high-modernist designs proved hugely influential on generations of architects internationally. It wasn’t until his last project, the weightless pavilion for Berlin’s New National Gallery (pictured here in a perspective collage), completed in 1968, that Mies van der Rohe again set foot in the country of his birth. Learn about Mies van der Rohe and other immigrant artists: mo.ma/crossingborders.

Our digital exhibition “Crossing Borders,” presented as part of our #CitizensBorders initiative, showcases works from MoMA’s collection by artists who immigrated to the U.S., often as refugees in search of safe haven. Explore all the works at mo.ma/crossingborders

[Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (b. Germany. 1886–1969). “New National Gallery, Berlin, Germany (Interior perspective)” c. 1962–1968. Mies van der Rohe Archive, gift of the architect. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn]

anonymous asked:

Hello, what are two major projects for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and what makes him so special in architecture as opposed to other architects (in the use of materials or form of buildings etc)?


I will not rob you of the opportunity of discover Mies the work and legacy of one of the most important architects in the last century. If this did not sound so much like homework I would go on and on, but because it does, I would tell you to start your research by visiting the Mies van der Rohe Society website or one of our many previous posts about Mies (also check out 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Mies van der Rohe at ArchDaily).

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