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1969 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe/ Folio of Architectural Drawings/MOMA


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: Drawings in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art by Ludwig Glaeser, a important, out-of-print spiral bound folio with original plates of architectural sketches. This large, oblong book consists of 31 plates in color and in black and white of Mies's sketches, charcoal drawings and montages. Included are plates of Friedrichstrasse, Concrete Office Building, Gericke House, Hubbe House and of Museum for a Small city. Also included are 11 pages of notes by the architect. An important reference book for a private collector or a museum. Scarce. “The sketch, the idea put on paper, has almost become synonymous with the creative act.” This selection of Van Der Rohe’s architectural sketches of exterior elevations, interior spaces and floor plans from the collections of the Museum of Modern Art illustrates his avant-garde vision of monumental “skin and bone” architecture. His drawings have been declared “the most beautiful renderings of the century” (Johnson).


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    wear to cover and back, minor abrasion to front board corner, clean interior
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    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
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    H 18 in. x W 25 in. x D .5 in.H 45.72 cm x W 63.5 cm x D 1.27 cm
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    Winnetka, IL
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About Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Designer)

Architect, furniture designer and educator, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a central figure in the advancement and promotion of Modernist design and architectural theory and practice. Like Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, he was a hugely influential presence in the field, who shaped the course of 20th-century architecture both through his buildings and his teaching of rationalist design principles.

     Born in the medieval German city of Aachen, Mies found an interest in architecture as a boy while working for his father, a master stonemason. He had no formal education as an architect, but learned his skills as an apprentice to the designer Bruno Paul, and as a staffer in the office the proto-modernist architect and designer Peter Behrens. Following World War I, Mies rose to prominence in his field amid the liberal atmosphere of the Weimar Republic. His reputation was secured by his design for the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona (commonly referred to as his Barcelona Pavilion), a radically simple, poetic, open-plan building pared down to its architectural essentials. Mies would go on to direct the Bauhaus from 1930 until 1933, when Nazi-government interference forced the closure of the progressive art and design school. Later that decade, he made his way to Chicago, where he remained for the rest of his career as a practicing architect and a dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

     Mies’s famed dictum “less is more” grew from his belief that architecture both guides and expresses the spirit of the times, and he envisioned the 20th century as open-minded, logical, transparent and liberated by technology. His best-known buildings — residences such as the Villa Tugendhat in Czechoslovakia and the Farnsworth House in rural Illinois; skyscrapers like the 860–880 Lake Shore Drive apartment towers in Chicago and the Seagram Building in New York — reflect that philosophy. As do his most famous furniture designs. Mies pieces such as the Barcelona chair, chaise and stools, or the cantilevered Brno chairs, deliver a maximum of comfort and support from a minimum of materials: their “lavishness” derives from the precision with which they are engineered and constructed. For the collector, the allure of Mies’s furniture is at once practical and idealistic. Useful and functional, his works embody the highest aspirations of modernism.

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