Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Museum for a Small City Project , Interior perspective. 1941-43

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Museum for a Small City Project , Interior perspective


Not on view
Cut-out photographs and photo reproductions on illustration board
30 1/2 x 40 1/2" (77.5 x 102.9 cm)
George Danforth
Mies van der Rohe Archive, gift of the architect
Object number
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Architecture and Design
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In 1943 the journal Architectural Forum commissioned a series of projects depicting the ideal postwar American small city. In this museum interior, photographs of foliage and water in a linear band suggest the perimeter of an otherwise limitless architectural space. Floating in the space are three artworks: Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica (1937) framed by Aristide Maillol’s sculptures Monument to Paul Cézanne (1912–25, left) and Night (1909, right). The artworks are architectural elements, creating the spatial divisions that organize the vast space of the museum. In the almost aggressive frontality of the scene, the space of the museum is evoked entirely through the vertical orientation of these flat pictorial elements on the page. Guernica’s disquieting narrative stages its own disruption toward the center of the frame.

Gallery label from Cut 'n' Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City, July 10–December 1, 2013

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