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Luis Fernández-Galiano

The Barcelona Pavilion


For the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, Mies van der Rohe constructed the German Pavilion –of ephemeral life, as it was dismantled months later and reconstructed in 1986–. Many considered it the most important piece of architecture of the twentieth century. Through the combined and geometric use of glass, chrome-plated steel and different types of stone (walls made of green marble and golden onyx, travertine walls and floors), the building puts forth a new rational conception of architectural space. In this lecture, the architect and university professor Luis Fernández-Galiano examines the German architect’s career, from his arrival in Berlin, to his collaborations with the designer Lily Reich, his relationship to constructivism and neo-plasticism, and his exile to the United States.

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