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Visit Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion

You can now tour the Barcelona Pavilion any time you want. CL3VER Studio has worked with Mies van Der Rohe’s Foundation to create an interactive virtual tour of this icon of modern architecture. Van Der Rohe’s revolutionary approach to the new architecture of transparency and organicism, which was in vogue in the early 1920s, culminates in this masterwork made of glass, steel and stone precisely shaped to embody structure and space.

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The Barcelona Pavilion, originally constructed as the site of the inaugural ceremony for the German exhibits at the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition, has become one of the most recognised objects in the architectural history of modernism. It epitomises the modernist search for the reduction and abstraction of walls and ceilings to create new shapes, spaces and perspectives with just a few basic materials.

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Enjoy the purity of line and the beauty and simplicity of materials masterfully reduced and abstracted to create a dynamic composition of pure shapes in space. Glass, steel and four different types of stone: Roman Travertino, green Alpine marble, ancient green marble from Greece and golden onyx from the Atlas Mountains decorate the space, following the modernist motto of “Less is More”.

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Decoration is minimal, perfectly functional and tailored to the purpose of the building: containment of the monumental Barcelona chair, specially designed to seat King Alfonso XIII of Spain, along with the German authorities during the Expo’s official reception, and a bronze reproduction of the sculpture entitled ‘Dawn’ by Georg Kolbe, a contemporary of Mies van der Rohe, strategically placed at the end of the small pond to be reflected not only in the water but also in the marble and glass, thereby creating the sensation that it is multiplied in space, while its curves contrast with the geometrical purity of the building.

Take the virtual tour and admire the Pavilion with these 360-degree views of every aspect of the Barcelona Pavilion here.

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Seen this week

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.