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Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

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Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

Built in 1929 for the International Exposition in Barcelona, the German Pavilion is one of the most significant projects by the legendary 20th century architect and modernist classic, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. A year after the closure of the exposition, the building was demolished because no one was willing to buy it back from the German government. By the second half of the 1980s, with the support of the city of Barcelona, the building was restored to its former appearance where it once stood at the foot of Montjuïc Hill - just opposite the Caixa art foundation building.

Small and fascinating in its laconic style and disarming purity, the building is a quiet meditation of architecture in the middle of the noisy metropolis. Glass, steel and four different types of marble combine with nuanced details and a precise geometry. The legendary Barcelona chair, which Mies van der Rohe also designed for the 1929 exhibition, is also on display in the pavilion. An icon of modern design, replicas of it can be found in many urban interiors. Also to be found is the Dawn bronze cast sculpture by Georg Kolbe, a contemporary of the architect. The sculpture is located directly opposite a small, pebble-lined pond. The feminine bodily contours of the sculpture cast both glare and shade into the water and onto the glass and marble walls of the pavilion, thus contrasting somewhat surreally with the geometric asceticism of the building.


Avinguda del Marquès de Comillas

www.miesbcn.com

Open daily 10 am - 8 pm.

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