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Mies in Berlin Paperback – 3 Mar 2003

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Mies in Berlin is an important reconsideration of a key figure of the modern movement. It offers an in-depth look at the continuous and complex evolution of the architect's design methods, his theories of nature, materials and modern space and dwelling. The continual play between tradition and innovation, between nature and abstraction, represent Mies' work as an ongoing experiment rather than a polemical style making. Mies in Berlin features numerous rarely-seen drawings, as well as the recently rediscovered large scale rendering of Mies' competition proposal for a monument to Otto von Bismarck. His overarching interest in the avant-garde artistic movements in Berlin in the '20s is explored in the presentation of original paintings, sculpture, drawings and film featured in 'G' magazine during his editorship.

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A Fine Book for a Great Architect 19 Aug. 2006
By Marco Antonio Abarca - Published on
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Mies emmigrated to the United States in 1938. He was fifty two years old and had been an architect for over thirty years. Who could have known that his best and most productive years were still ahead of him. "Mies in Berlin" is a look back at the first three decades of his career. It is fascinating to see Mies' work in the years before the Great War. He was a conventional architect working in a very conservative style. Starting in 1920, Mies' surprising creativity and original vision burst forth. Along Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, he was one of the father's of modernism and what became known as the "International Style".

This volume is produced by the Museum of Modern Art and it is one of the finest art books that I have ever seen. It seems as though no expense was spared in producing this volume. There are images of Mies' early work that you will never see in any other volume. It is such a beautifully produced book that it is better to spend the money and purchase the hardback edition. Highly recommended.
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modern history 21 Feb. 2002
By EHN - Published on
Format: Paperback
A thorough analysisof the early career of Mies. Places him in a historical context which should be refreshing to anyone interested in the history of the modern movement in architecture.
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