Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 - 1969)
27 March 2021 - 135th birthday
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (born Maria Ludwig Michael Mies),
27 March 1886 – August 17, 1969,
Mies van der Rohe is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture along with Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright.
An innovative architect in 1920's and 1930's Germany, Mies was the last director of the Bauhaus, a seminal school in modern architecture.
After Nazism's rise to power and its strong opposition to modernism, which lead also the closing of the Bauhaus itself, Mies emigrated to the United States, where he accepted the position to head the architectural school at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Mies van der Rohe sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their own eras and created an influential twentieth-century architectural style, aiming for extreme clarity and simplicity.
March 2021: 135 years since the birth of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.