Graphic comedian illustrates Mies van der Rohe’s work and life


Spanish illustrator and author Agustín Ferrer Casas has created a graphic novel about 20th-century modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, that includes a prologue written by British architect Norman Foster.

The 176-page Mies is a Spanish graphic novel outlining the life and profession of the modernist architect, together with his time spent on the Bauhaus, fleeing Nazi Germany, and persevering with his profession in US metropolis Chicago.

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer CasasThe duvet of Ferrer Casas’s Mies comedian contains a conventional European road with German indicators

Designed by Agustín Ferrer Casas, an artist who lives in Spain, the venture options dozens of architectural illustrations of Mies’ initiatives.

Within the comedian, Casas illustrates key moments within the architect’s life, a few of that are designed to be bigger than life, alongside a few of his most well-known buildings. It doesn’t declare to be a biography.

“It’s a fictional biography of his life, primarily based on quite a few writings by many different authors and Mies himself,” Casas wrote in a blogpost. “And I say fiction as a result of on this ebook, I attempt to present not solely a part of his work however life, the persona of the architect. What made him a terrific architect and what he left behind in his ambition to construct.”

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer CasasA celebration is held at Mies’ Villa Tugendhat, with its marble wall and modernist chairs, alongside a glass nook part

British architect Norman Foster of Foster + Companions additionally wrote a prologue for the ebook, noting his time admiring Mies’ initiatives himself in New York Metropolis and Chicago.

“Mies van der Rohe is one of some architects of the 20th century who has helped form the structure of the current and arguably that of the longer term,” Foster stated.

“The tales behind these initiatives and extra, together with insights into his profession as a trainer in addition to practising architect, are elegantly and wittingly portraying on this wonderful comedian format,” he concluded.

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer CasasPictured right here is Mies, overlooking Lake Shore Drive condo towers in Chicago

Key works characteristic within the graphic novel are the Barcelona Pavilion in 1929, that includes marble partitions and sensuous sculpture, and when the architect was pressured to shut the Bauhaus college in 1933 with the onset of Nazi rule.

One other notable second is Mies’ time spent at Villa Tugendhat in Brno, which he accomplished in 1930. Following this, the villa was seized and bombarded by the Nazis.

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer CasasMies’ work nature is detailed as his shoves a stack of books off his drafting desk, whereas within the technique of designing a constructing

Different key items illustrated within the graphic novel embrace his work in creating Chicago, together with a number of the metropolis’s most recognisable 20th-century structure and his stint as head of the structure college on the Armour Institute of Expertise, now the Illinois Institute of Expertise, within the 1960s.

Considered one of his most notable works in America is Farnsworth Home, a single-story residence wrapped in glass in Illinois, in-built 1951.

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer CasasThe linear white traces outline Mies’ Villa Tugendhat, white a crimson drape marking its takeover by Nazis

Casas first began the Mies graphic novel 2015, and it’s revealed by Graphite Editorial. It’s also offered on the Mies Pavilion in Barcelona, managed by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

The discharge coincides with three anniversaries associated to Mies in 2019: the 50th anniversary of his demise; the 90 years of the development of his German Pavilion for the Common Exposition of Barcelona in 1929; and the centenary of the creation of the Bauhaus college.

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer CasasThe Bauhaus college in Dessau, Germany was led by Mies, in addition to Hannes Meyer and Walter Gropius

This yr is a seminal yr for the Bauhaus, in addition to the architect, and Dezeen has launched the Bauhaus 100 initiative celebrating the college.

Other than what is printed within the ebook, Mies had a various and prolonged profession.

Generally known as Mies, his surname, he was born in Aachen in 1886 and died in Chicago in 1969, aged 83.

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer CasasThe Bauhaus college was then moved to Berlin for its remaining phases, earlier than being closed, and was primarily based inside an previous manufacturing unit constructing

After first finding out as an architect and dealing intently with Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, he went on to function the ultimate director of the Bauhaus in 1930 in Dessau. He closed establishment in Berlin in 1933 after it was raided by the Gestapo.

The architect fled his homeland in 1937 for Chicago, the place he spent three a long time practising as an architect. Key works embrace IBM Plaza, with its towering black, linear building, and the residential towers of 860–880 Lake Shore Drive.

Photographs courtesy of Agustín Ferrer Casas.

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