What are some famous architectural photo montages

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the most famous architects of the 20th century. Few people know that his famous Neue Nationalgalerie, which he created in Berlin in 1968, almost stood in Schweinfurt.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the most famous architects of the 20th century. Few people know that his famous Neue Nationalgalerie, which he created in Berlin in 1968, almost stood in Schweinfurt.

The architect, who was born in Aachen in 1886 and died in the USA in 1969, submitted a museum design for the Georg Schäfer Collection in Schweinfurt in the 1960s, which, apart from its size, was almost exactly the same as what would later be the National Gallery.

But things turned out differently - in Schweinfurt there was not enough money to realize the design. It was not until 2000 that the Georg Schäfer Museum was finally built, according to a different design. It has a special charm that this museum now shows a collection of Mies van der Rohe's works.

The exhibition is primarily concerned with the technology that he used to visualize his architectural ideas. He used collages and photo montages. The Museum of Modern Art in New York has for the first time loaned a collection of around 50 such mostly large-format works. They can be seen in Schweinfurt from February 26th to May 28th.

The organizers of the exhibition point out that the collages shown go far beyond mere architectural designs. Rather, they played “completely freely, without the constraint of architectural functionality, with visionary spatial constellations”. Mies van der Rohe often cited works by friends or esteemed artists in his collages - such as Paul Klee or Wassily Kandinsky.

He enlarged sections of her pictures and put them together in new compositions. Some of the quoted works by Klee, Kandinsky and Wilhelm Lehmbruck are also part of the exhibition in the original. Finally, previously unpublished designs for the unrealized Schweinfurt museum design can be seen.

(dpa)