jump to navigation

Mies van der Rohe May 24, 2015

Posted by anagasto in art, building, history.
trackback

.

If only his architecture were half as beautiful as his name! What a let-down this was when today, because of a Google logo of some time ago, I looked him up and saw photos of his buildings in Wikipedia.

.

in Chicago nicknamed “The Glass Menagerie***

[A menagerie is “A collection of live animals for study or display” according to the dictionary free for download at http://wordweb.info/free/]

Very practical and lucrative indeed to pack so many people all into one cage! Saves a pile of cash.

But it  looks a little menacing,  as if telling you that you are nobody and had better give up trying. Besides, these constructs end up looking  lonely or forlorn, each at a safe distance from the next one, each a monument to Solitude.

Now: as to the aesthetics of these blocks: don’t worry,  there is mostly none.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

.

Mies van der Rohe worked in his father’s business carving stone. Later he became an apprentice at a design studio, but he never had any formal schooling. When he started to receive his own commissions, he  added “van der” to his name, to make it look a little foreign and even aristocratic.

As you can see from the photo, he was also good-looking and knew how to behave in elegant surroundings, which must have greatly helped his calling.

At first he designed upper class homes; remember this was about 100 years ago and  class differences were still respected, visible, and relevant. His model at the time were the early  nineteenth century buildings in Germany designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

.


Königliches Schauspielhaus, the royal theater designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel between 1818 and 1821 at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Konzerths_3a.jpg.

.

Hitler and the Nazis did not like him. They were also building according to classical views, but they romanticised the proportions. Their architect was Albert Speer.


Stadium  by Albert Speer from https://espliego.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/hitlers-top-architect/

.

Mies van der Rohe had to emigrate and went to the United States where he made his way up though he did not know the language and had no contacts.

cn_image_3.size.mies-van-der-rohe-03xxxx It’s a little private home. See it at http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/the-aesthete/2013/02/mies-van-der-rohe-critical-biography-book

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969) was a German architect. He is commonly  addressed as Mies (says Wikipedia). I am not sure he liked that, because mies is short for miserable in colloquial German.

Part of the information and the photos are  from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Mies_van_der_Rohe.
.

.

Comments»

1. skpreo - March 29, 2012

Mies did not have formal education, yet he was Head of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.
For him less was more; he followed a minimalist architecture.
He painstakingly mined the ideas of writers and thinkers for ideas relevant to his architectural mission.
Wow! I admire Mies.
Thanks to catueso, I now know the meaning of Mies as miserable. I believe he definitely was Mies in Germany, which is why he migrated to the US.

2. stella35 - March 29, 2012

I also apreciate Van der Rohe as a novelty and a new style, but I also like the old stuff, each in its place.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s