A Neglected Chapter: Mies in Krefeld

A Neglected Chapter: Mies in Krefeld
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld, streaming on Shelter
"How could this happen? Even then, Krefeld was provincial. How did this collaboration happen here with an architect of this calibre?"    CHRISTIANE LANGE, ART HISTORIAN

Imagine your neighbours laughing with pity because you had the poor taste to be living in a house designed by Mies van der Rohe:

"They don't even have enough money left for the roof!"

Mies caused exactly this kind of a stir when his ultra-modern designs found a home in the German city of Krefeld.

Before he relocated to America, Mies worked almost exclusively for more than a decade with silk manufacturer Hermann Lange and associates.

Lange was a forward-thinking, well-travelled art collector who crossed paths with Mies by chance.

Using previously unseen footage and photographs, this week's film offers a fascinating glimpse into the social atmosphere of the 20s and 30s.

Mies in Krefeld showcases early projects that Mies – partly with his partner and colleague Lilly Reich – built for his Krefeld clients and asks:

What drew Mies back to this unusual city for so many years?

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Mies in Krefeld - Streaming on Shelter
Above: 3D construction of a clubhouse, designed by Mies (but never built).

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