The Model as S(t)imulation, Visualization and Prototype
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 6PM
Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 West Burton Place, Chicago, Illinois 60610
The design for the Clubhouse of the Krefelder Golfclub (1930) by Mies van der Rohe was never built, until 2013, when it was constructed as a life-size model that could be entered and walked in.
MIES 1:1 The Golf Club Project is an unusual experiment, an architecture exhibition that has only one exhibit - the 1:1 model.
The structure, developed by Belgian architect Paul Robbrecht (Robbrecht en Daem Architekten, Ghent) who was the artistic director of the project, is based on plans and designs from the Mies archives at MoMA NY. It was completed in May, on the original site in Krefeld.
The model is a temporary monument to the meaningful relationship between Mies and the representatives of the Krefeld silk industry, who were the architect’s most important clients from 1927 – 1938. Mies van der Rohe created the design for the Krefeld Golf Club at the pinnacle of his European career. The 1:1 model exemplifies the mature architectural language. It distills his concepts and can be seen as a unique object d’architecture.
Christiane Lange, who initiated and curated the project will speak about the historic and artistic background as well as the meaning and public reception of the 1:1 model.
Paul Robbrecht, architect and artistic director, will talk about his approach to the source materials and how he approximated the 80 year old designs.
Julian Heynen will put the 1:1 model into the context of architectural and artistic strategies.
Christiane Lange holds a master degree in art history and history from the Universities at Bonn and Regensburg.
As a member of the German Research Foundation, she catalogs all furniture designs, realized and un-realized, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The foundation is led by Wolf Tegethoff of the Zentralinstitut fuer Kunstgeschichte, Munich, Germany.
Christiane is a founding member of “projektMIK,” Krefeld, Germany. Her research, exhibitions and movies focus on the European work of Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich.
Christiane’s most recent publication is Mies van der Rohe, Bauten für die Seidenindustrie, Berlin 2011.
Julian Heynen studied art history and literature and is currently ArtisticDirector at Large of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. He was co-curator of the Shanghai Biennale in 2008 and commissioner of the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2005. In the 1980s and 1990s he was Director of Exhibitions at Kunstmuseen Krefeld, curating many shows of contemporary art at Haus Lange and Haus Esters, two villas designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1927-1930. Heynen has curated numerous exhibitions of the works of artists including: Bruce Nauman, Thomas Schütte, Franz West, Andreas Gursky, Juan Muñoz, Richard Deacon, Thomas Struth, Lothar Baumgarten, Luc Tuymans, Rosemarie Trockel, Stan Douglas, Thomas Ruff, , Daniel Richter, Rodney Graham, Candida Höfer, Martin Kippenberger, and Roman Ondák as well as many group exhibitions.
He has also written widely on contemporary art since the 1960s. Heynen is based in Düsseldorf and Berlin.
Paul Robbrecht (1950) received his degree in architecture at HSLI, Ghent in 1974. In 1975 he co-founded Robbrecht en Daem architecten with Hilde Daem. Since 1992 he is professor of Architectural Design at HSLI, Ghent. Robbrecht is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and an International Fellow of Royal Academy of British Architecture (RIBA) Robbrecht and Daem were finalists for the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Award with their project Market Hall - Reconstruction Korenmarkt, E. Braunplein and surroundings, Ghent
In cooperation with Mies van der Rohe Society and the Graham Foundation.