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Mies Van Der Rohe - the Krefeld Villas

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Mies Van Der Rohe - the Krefeld Villas by K. Kleinman
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With all of the attention Mies van der Rohe has received over the last few years, it's hard to believe that there could be a pair of "undiscovered" buildings begging for even the slightest considerationand receiving none. Such has been the fate, however, of Mies's Krefeld Villas, a pair of neighboring brickresidences of typically restrained elegance built from 1927 to 1930. Their anonymity is, to some degree, Mies's own doing; in 1959, in his only public comment about the projects, he quipped that he would have preferred to use more glass, but the clients objected. "I had great trouble," he said.As historians Kent Kleinman and Leslie van Duzer show in this carefully researched, eminently readable study, sometimes it's best not to take the architect at his word. Here they guide us through the two villas, which were converted into a joined museum of contemporary art after World War II. Each chapter begins with a study of an artist who has created a site-specific installation within the villas. By analyzing how Yves Klein, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, and Ernst Caramelle chose to engage Mies's architecture, they arrive at a truly original understanding of these two forgotten masterworks.

Author Biography

Kent Kleinman and Leslie Van Duzer, authors of Villa Muller: A Work of Adolf Loos (Princeton Architectural Press,1994) and Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision (University of Michigan Press, 1997), teach at the State University of New York in Buffalo and the U Kent Kleinman and Leslie Van Duzer, authors of Villa Muller: A Work of Adolf Loos (Princeton Architectural Press,1994) and Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision (University of Michigan Press, 1997), teach at the State University of New York in Buffalo and the U
Release date NZ
June 23rd, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
40 colour illustrations, 60 b&w illustrations
Imprint
Princeton Architectural Press
Pages
144
Dimensions
254x191x19
ISBN-13
9781568985039
Product ID
2061331

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