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Vortrag Kathleen James-Chakraborty



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Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Vortragsraum 242, II. OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, 80333 München

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Mies’s Neue Nationalgalerie and the Architecture of Modern Memory

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Im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe Forschungen zu Mies van der Rohe und seiner Zeit

What I term the architecture of modern memory fuses actual ruins or historic structures, or at the least the evocation of them, with modern construction.  Often understood as a quintessentially postmodernist approach to the reconstruction of a newly reunited Berlin, it had in fact been used in the Federal Republic since the late 1940s.  Although Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, completed in 1968, is not a classic example of this approach, considering it in relation to the earlier churches and later museums that are examples of the architecture of modern memory provides fresh insights into the way in which its importance transcended issues of style and helped provide an acceptable architectural image for West Germany as well as West Berlin.

Kathleen James-Chakraborty
is Professor of Art History at University College Dublin.  She has also taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of California Berkeley, and the Ruhr Universität Bochum.  Her books include Architecture since 1400 (Minnesota, 2014), Bauhaus Culture from Weimar to the Cold War (Minnesota 2006), German Architecture for a Mass Audience (Routledge, 2000), and Erich Mendelsohn and the Architecture of German Modernism (Cambridge, 1997).