Saturday, 8 October 2016

Chronicles from Barcelona | Mies van der Rohe Pavillion

The Barcelona Pavilion, design by Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), is an emblematic work of the Modern Movement.  This Pavilion is a rigorous exercise of geometry, precision and simplicity.  The beauty of the forms, the combination of colors and textures of the materials, the richness of the decorative stones, the elements of design and art, make this Pavilion a special place that is difficult to leave.

This work by Mies van der Rohe, built from glass, steel and different kinds of marble, was the German national pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition, in Montjuïc, being disassembled after the closure of the Exhibition, in 1930. The significance and reputation of the Pavilion and of its architect, lead to its reconstruction, that started in 1983. The new building is a most faithful copy and was opened on its original site in 1986.

The Barcelona chair, that Mies van der Rohe designed especially for the Pavilion, consisting of a leather upholstered metallic profile, has become an icon of modern design. To such an extent, in fact, that the Barcelona chair is still manufactured and marketed today.

The sculpture by the interior water mirror, is a bronze reproduction of a piece by Georg Kolbe, a contemporary of Mies van der Rohe. Dawn (as its named) is represented by a feminine figure waking and stretching, whose image reflects on the waters and on the marble and glass walls.

The amazing combination of colors and textures complements the simplicity of the lines. The materials used in the Pavillion include, among the decorative stones, Roman travertine, green Alpine marble, ancient green marble from Greece and golden onyx from the Atlas Mountains.

Mies van der Rohe Pavillion
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7
Tel: 93 423 40 16

Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:
(from monday to sunday)
March to October: 10 am to 8 pm
November to February: 10 am to 16 pm

General public: 5€ | Children (under 16): free | Students: 2.60€

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