Barcelona Pavilion

Architecture and Sculpture

Ursel Berger/Thomas Pavel

20 x 25 cm
192 pages, 21 col. and 106 b/w
ISBN 978-3-939633-06-8

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Architecture and sculpture strikingly merged in the Barcelona Pavilion. The architect Mies van der Rohe and sculptor Georg Kolbe tried out a new type of building sculpture in "flowing space". Autonomous sculpture and architectural space mutually complemented one another. Kolbe's comment on the "Morgen" sculpture was: "Result: best completion". Both artists were obviously convinced by the outcome and continued to work together. In collaboration with others they also tried to redefine the relationship between architecture and sculpture. Mies van der Rohe thus placed his friend Wilhelm Lehmbruck's sculptures and those of Aristide Maillol into his buildings and designs. Georg Kolbe tried to overstep the traditional boundaries of sculpture in projects by such renowned architects as Bruno Taut, Hans Poelzig or Erich Mendelsohn. The Barcelona Pavilion's status as a milestone of modern architecture is largely thanks to its photogenic qualities and its circulation in catchy photographs. After its reconstruction in 1986 it again became an attraction for architects and artists.



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