MIES & the inheritance of modernism

By DOCOMOMO Belgium / March, 17, 2016 / 0 comments

EXHIBITION, store SYMPOSIUMS, LECTURES & EXCURSIONS | 10 April – 07 August 2016 | SCHUNCK* Glaspaleis, Heerlen (NL)

MINI-SYMPOSIA | 21.04-22.06.2016 | Universiteit Hasselt, Université Liège, Aken & TU Eindhoven

Miesvdr_SCHUNCK Heerlen2016-03-17 om 22.45.58Bauhaus, Barcelona Chair, Less is more. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Aachen 1886 – Chicago 1969) helped redefine the skylines of Berlin, Chicago and New York with groundbreaking architecture, as well as numerous iconic items of furniture. His principles: open plans, fluid spaces and cantilevered support structures. His objects he created out of an artisanal love for materials (in particular, steel and stone).

‘Mies’ still enjoys currency today. His rational and universal ideas continue to inspire the architects of the present. His buildings however, are falling into a state of disrepair or are in need of redevelopment. The preservation and redevelopment of this heritage – within the right context and in the right fashion – is crucial for urban regions. Urban developers everywhere are asking themselves: what should be preserved, how and why?

Opening of the exhibition

Saturday, April 9 / 5 p.m. / SCHUNCK* Glaspaleis / Central hall (0) / Admission free

Official opening of the exhibition by Gunny Harboe. Gunny Harboe is an internationally renowned architect in the field of heritage conservation. He also worked as a preservation specialist on the renovation of three designs of Mies van der Rohe in Chicago: Crown Hall; 860-880, Lake Shore Drive and Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel. In the USA, he is considered one of the greatest in this area.

Symposium on handling the modernistic inheritance

Sunday, April 10 / 10 a.m. / SCHUNCK* Glaspaleis / Admission € 10,- / Language is English

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City Tour – Modernism in Heerlen

Sunday, April 17 / 1 p.m. / Meeting point is SCHUNCK* Glaspaleis / Admission free

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Guided tours

Sunday tour / SCHUNCK* Glaspaleis / Museum (-1) / Admission free – you only pay for the exhibition (€ 7,50) / Please, be on time

Sunday April 24 / 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 / 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (tour is given in the local dialect)
Sunday, May 29 / 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 26 / 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 / 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

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Mini symposium

During the exhibition there are several mini-symposia in which expert speakers will elaborate on the five Mies projects from the exhibition. These symposia are organized in cooperation with OMA, Chipperfield Architects and Ivo Hammer at the universities of Eindhoven, Hasselt, Liège and Aachen.
Each symposium consists of two lectures plus debate / discussion.
Registration is not required, but full is full.

Thursday April 21, 7 p.m.| TU Eindhoven (NL) 
“Mies and the inheritance of modernism”
Speakers: Wiel Arets, Wiel Arets Architects, Dean of the College of Architecture, IIT & Stephan Petermann, OMA

Wednesday May 11, 7 p.m. | Universiteit Hasselt (B)
“Restoration of three masterpieces of Mies in Chicago (VS)”
Speakers: Gunny Harboe – Harboe Architects (Chicago) & Menno Homan, Menno Homan Architect

Wednesday June 1, 7 p.m. | Universiteit Luik/Liège (B)
“Restoration of HausTugendhat in Brno (Czech Republic) & Reconstruction of Golf Club (Krefeld)”
Speakers: Ivo Hammer, conservator-restaurator/chairmanTHICOM & Robbrecht en Daem

Wednesday June 22, 7 p.m. | RWTH Aken (D)
“Restoration of Verseidag in Krefeld (Germany)”
Speakers: Norbert Hanenberg – Daniel Lohmann, RWTH & Christiane Lange

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The beauty of pure engineering – Lecture by Ko van Dun

Tuesday, April 26 / 8 p.m.  / SCHUNCK* Glaspaleis / Admission € 7,50-

Ko Dun (1953, Heerlen) provides an introduction to the architect and designer Mies van der Rohe, his oeuvre, Modernism in architecture and the link with the here and now.

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During the exhibition, several trips will be organized, including a tour through the Verseidag complex on Sunday, June 19 and a two-day program including a tour of the HausTugendhat.

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In collaboration with Filmhuis De Spiegel, several films are screened in line with the theme.

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