As part of the American Academy's public program, each week we offer public lectures, concerts, screenings, or readings by Academy fellows, distinguished visitors, and special guests. Most evening lectures take place at the Hans Arnhold Center, but the Academy also partners with a handful of cultural institutions in Berlin for special events: Radialsytem V, the JFK Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin, Kino Babylon, the United States Embassy, and the Hertie School of Governance.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 | Architecture

Form Versus Function: Mies and the Museum

The Neue Nationalgalerie, with its open, universal space, is the last building Mies van der Rohe planned independently and is therefore regarded as his great legacy. The building’s imminent refurbishment once again sharpens the focus on the logic of the building, on the relationship between form and function. Since opening, in 1968, the museum has continuously been used to showcase the twentieth-century art collection of the Nationalgalerie, as well as special exhibitions. The building has long been a world famous classic of modernism for its clarity and rigor.

The colloquium “Form versus Function: Mies and the Museum” brings together architects, artists, academics, curators, and architectural conservators to address the building’s dual role as important monument and outstanding museum. Alongside a presentation of the planned refurbishment by British architect David Chipperfield, Mies van der Rohe’s grandson and former project manager Dirk Lohan will talk about the planning and construction process of the Neue Nationalgalerie in the 1960s. Other lectures deal with a reflection on specific aesthetic and museum conditions of the exhibition building inter alia from a cultural studies perspective by American Academy fellow Beatriz Colomina.

Location: Neue Nationalgalerie / Potsdamer Straße 50 / 10785 Berlin / (Download the brochure)

No registration required.
Welcoming remarks begin at 5pm on November 27.