About 50 of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s architectural collages and drawings have returned to his birthplace of Aachen, Germany, for an exhibition at the Ludwig Forum. On loan from New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Mies’s collages illustrate his creative process as an architect. In the exhibition, his works are displayed chronologically from 1910 to 1965 as well as contextually by his variations in viewpoint, space, and media. On display through Feb. 12, the exhibition will then travel to Museum Georg Schäfer in Schweinfurt, Germany.
In the exhibition, Mies’s works featured chronologically range from years 1910 to 1965, the years when Mies produced his most well-known pieces. The oldest piece is a design draft, dated 1910, by Mies and his brother, Ewald Mies, for a proposed Bismarck Monument on the Rhine in Bingen, Germany. The exhibition proceeds to showcase Berlin project drawings such as the Glass Skyscrapers in 1922 and his later work the New National Gallery in the 1960s.
In another section of the exhibition, Mies's collages are strategically arranged by context to showcase his variation in viewpoint, space, and media. In his large-scale photomontages, he used pieces of work from artist friends that he appreciated such as German artist Paul Klee, French painter Georges Braque, and German sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck. Some of their works are also displayed in the exhibition. Current works from other contemporary artists like New York–based artist Sarah Morris, German photographer Thomas Ruff, and German artist Julia Weißenberg will accompany Mies’s exhibition because they reflect a similar style.
An accompanying book of Mies’s photomontages, "Mies van der Rohe. Montage/Collage," (Walther König, 2017) was released in coordination with the exhibition and edited by Andreas Beitin, Wolf Eiermann, and Brigitte Franzen.
"Mies van der Rohe: The MoMA Collages" will be on display at the Ludwig Forum through Feb. 12, 2017. The Museum Georg Schäfer in Schweinfurt, Germany, will show the exhibition from Feb. 26, 2017 through May 28, 2017