The Kimbell Art Museum presents the films “Architectures: The Dessau Bauhaus, by Walter Gropius” (2004), “Architectures: La Maison de Verre, by Pierre Chareau” (2005), and “Architectures: The German Pavilion in Barcelona, by Mies van der Rohe” (2009) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2012, in the museum auditorium. This program is approximately 78 minutes long. No reservations required.
This film series pays homage to the architectural masterworks of the 20th century, particularly buildings designed by modern predecessors or contemporaries of Kimbell architect Louis I. Kahn. Thorough examinations of each structure present challenges faced, technical innovations, and each design’s unique aesthetic.
For the new Dessau Bauhaus art school, director Walter Gropius envisioned buildings that expressed its commitment to exploring the functional and aesthetic qualities of industrial materials such as reinforced concrete, steel, and glass. Commissioned as a doctor’s office and private residence, La Maison de Verre, Pierre Chareau’s legendary translucent box, discretely tucked away in an 18th-century Paris courtyard, is an exquisite blend of avant-garde building principles and uniquely crafted details.
Mies van der Rohe’s elegantly simple entrance pavilion, designed for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, expresses the perfect balance of structure, proportion, and sumptuous materials within an open plan of slender piers and curtain walls.