Mies van der Rohe – The MoMA Collages


The Ludwig Forum Aachen has organized a first-time exhibition of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s (1886–1969) collages and photomontages, set in the context of modern and contemporary art and featuring a comprehensive collection of loans from New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

One of the 20th century’s most important architects, Mies van der Rohe created numerous collages between 1910 and 1965 that are fascinating illustrations of the design principles of his architecture.

These works, most of them large-format, are far more than merely sketches that accompanied his creative process as an architect. They are works of art in their own right that – free of practical constraints and commitment to specific purpose – show Mies van der Rohe’s vision in its purest form, the essence of his creativity in abstract space.


In all this time, there has so far not been one monographic exhibition or publication devoted to this particular aspect of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s work.

The show is presented on about 600 square meters of exhibition floorspace. Room by room, the strategies, innovations and formulations of the architect over more than half a century are displayed from biographical, chronological and project-related perspectives. At relevant points along the way, Mies‘ works are juxtaposed with individual selected works of present-day artists that bear a direct relationship to the collages or come from the architect’s own private collection.

© Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in his apartment, Chicago, 1964. Foto: Werner Blaser

Mies van der Rohe – The MoMA Collages
Ludwig Forum Aachen
October 28, 2016 – February 12, 2017