This volume, devoted entirely to Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich's Barcelona Pavilion of 1929, addresses for the first time the forgotten contexts of the Pavilion's genesis. Habitually thought of as an abstract, unpolluted and spleendidly isolated building, a precursor of Mies's American period, the Pavilion is revealed here as a thoroughly European work, perhaps less pristine but more authentic.
With contribuions from:
Laura Martínez de Guereñu
Carmen Rodríguez Pedret
In an extremely careful edition, the contributions made at the symposium on the figure of Mies van der Rohe and the German Pavilion of the Barcelona International Exposition of 1929 made on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the reconstruction of the Barcelona Pavilion are gathered. These timely and pertinent philosophical reflections on the original and the reconstruction provide new tools to compromise the architectural heritage and the real building in Barcelona.
Although the Pavilion has been mentioned in innumerable books, no other critical study provides a comparable overview of Mies’s work in Barcelona. This lavishly illustrated book in which internationally acclaimed Miesians are accompanied by authoritative new voices will awaken or rekindle interest in the most mythic and most influential building of the 20th century.