Mies Van Der Rohe: The Moma Collages
Exhibition, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the 20th century’s most important architects, created numerous montages and collages that are fascinating illustrations of the design principles of his architecture, now on display at Ludwig Forum. These works, most of them large-format, are far more than merely sketches that accompanied his creative process; they show his structural vision in its purest form.
Collage and photomontage reflect aesthetic principles, the zeitgeist, and the attitude to Modernism. At the beginning of the 20th century, war, revolution and industrialisation caused a shift in the way the modern world and progress were experienced and perceived, a shift that found expression in equal measure in newspapers and magazines, and in the visual and performing arts.