The “Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society” installation by architect Andrés Jaque will be on display from December 13th until February 28th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. Presented by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation and the Banco Sabadell Foundation, the installation hopes to bring the figure of the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most important icons of the modernist movement, back into the public eye by using objects, elements and materials that will rebuild and bring recognition to Mies’ historical importance. More information after the break.
The installation explores the web of relationships hidden behind the fetishist myth of Mies as a solitary genius. By revisiting the frozen moment of the opening of the Pavilion in 1929, this intervention will – like the phantom of the Pavilion past – temporarily bring to light the Pavilion’s unseen context: the web of people, technologies and institutions that made it possible. Phantom consists of all those elements, objects, and materials that have contributed – and still contribute- to rebuilding and maintaining Mies’ unaltered image, thus revealing the agreements, pacts and controversies that have influenced the way we think about him and the Pavilion. From this perspective, the Barcelona Pavilion can be seen as a social construction, participated in and discussed by productive, technological and civil institutions. The project is part of the Pavilion’s program, developed in recent years, to invite architects and artists like Ai Weiwei, Kazuyo Sejima and Antoni Muntadas, among others.