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Mies in Berlin Paperback – June, 2001

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One of the century's major architects receives a thorough, beautiful and masterfully documented treatment in this pair of massive books prompted by a pair of linked New York exhibits, at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, which run through September. After adding the magisterial "van der Rohe" of his maternal grandfather to his name, Ludwig Mies (1886-1969) built up an impressive record of angular houses and advanced theories in Germany before he fled to America in 1938. Once here, he perfected the spacious, modernist, glass-and-steel structures that brought fame to his International Style among them New York's Seagram Building and Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology a style also championed and promulgated by the young Phillip Johnson. MoMA's first Mies show, in 1947, cast him as a hero of abstracts and absolutes. The new volume on his Berlin years, by contrast, aims to humanize the architect and to show him responding to his times. Here are dozens of blueprints and drawings some never built along with photographs of his early houses (some predating WWI). Here, too, are essays from nine scholars and critics about his urban theory, about Berlin's early skyscrapers and about Mies's relations with dada, the movies, Prussia and philosophy. The attractive book on his American work may have slightly broader appeal: essays and photo spreads here focus on Mies's U.S. colleagues and collaborations, and on his interactions with Chicago; 10 essayists contribute, among them Rem Koolhaas (S, M, L, XL), who plans an addition to Mies's IIT. The Berlin volume boasts 200 full-color, 150 duotone and 166 b&w images; its American companion offers 141 color and 499 b&w. (Sept.)
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About the Author

TERRENCE RILEY is chief curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

BARRY BERGDOLL is an associate professor in the Department of Art History at Columbia University in New York City.


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Product Details

  • Series: Museum of Modern Art Books
  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; 1st edition (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810962160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810962163
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 10.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,740,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on August 18, 2006
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Mies emmigrated to the United States in 1938. He was fifty two years old and had been an architect for over thirty years. Who could have known that his best and most productive years were still ahead of him. "Mies in Berlin" is a look back at the first three decades of his career. It is fascinating to see Mies' work in the years before the Great War. He was a conventional architect working in a very conservative style. Starting in 1920, Mies' surprising creativity and original vision burst forth. Along Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, he was one of the father's of modernism and what became known as the "International Style".

This volume is produced by the Museum of Modern Art and it is one of the finest art books that I have ever seen. It seems as though no expense was spared in producing this volume. There are images of Mies' early work that you will never see in any other volume. It is such a beautifully produced book that it is better to spend the money and purchase the hardback edition. Highly recommended.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EHN on February 21, 2002
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A thorough analysisof the early career of Mies. Places him in a historical context which should be refreshing to anyone interested in the history of the modern movement in architecture.
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