Mies van der Rohe: Barcelona Pavillion poster
This poster shows a drawing of an external elevation and the floorplan of Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion, one of the most influential modernist buildings of the 20th century. Mies designed the building with Lilly Reich as the German Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exhibition, held on Montjuïc, Barcelona in 1929.
Approximate dimensions: 70 x 50cm
About Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Mies van der Rohe (1886 – 1969) was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, known for his role in the development of the most enduring architectural style of the era: modernism. He created a body of work—ranging from tubular steel furniture to iconic office buildings—that influenced generations of architects worldwide. For over a century, Mies' minimalist style has proved very popular; his famous aphorism "less is more" is still widely used, even by those who are unaware of its origins.
Born in Germany, Mies' career began in the influential studio of Peter Behrens,, where Mies worked alongside other two other titans of modernism, Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier.
Almost - maybe even more? - important as the legacy of his buildings is Mies’s impact as a teacher of architecture. In Germany, was the final director of the Bauhaus until its closing under pressure from the Nazis in 1933. Not long after arriving in the USA, he was offered the directorship of the Armour Institute in Chicago (later renamed Illinois Institute of Technology), where he shaped a curriculum that influenced a generation of American architects.