Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Convention Hall Project, Chicago, Illinois (Preliminary version: interior perspective). 1954

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Convention Hall Project, Chicago, Illinois (Preliminary version: interior perspective) 1954

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Departing from his earlier techniques of assemblage, in which spatial arrangements were created through the layering of planes of material (such as wood veneer, photographs, and acrylic sheets) with architectural drawing, Mies van der Rohe populated this postwar proposal for a convention hall using a picture of attendees at the 1952 U.S. Republican National Convention, taken from Life magazine. Several copies of the image are montaged together to create multiple vanishing points. The activity of the floor is contrasted with the ceiling above— a two–way grid of interwoven deep steel trusses that takes up half the page. Veined green marble hung with presidential seals and an appliquéd American flag bounds the arena. The clear-span structure of the Convention Hall evokes a new spatial order made possible by modern technology: a column–free, open interior space. The cut–and–pasted reference to real events brings with it an ambiguous, uneasy relationship to politics and media culture.

Gallery label from Cut 'n' Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City, July 10–December 1, 2013.
Collage of cut-and-pasted reproductions, photograph, and paper on composition board
33 x 48" (83.8 x 121.9 cm)
Edward Duckett
Mies van der Rohe Archive, gift of the architect
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