On the occasion of the reopening of Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Sprüth Magers takes part in SUNDAY OPEN featuring Mies in Mind, an exhibition parcours organized by INDEX Berlin. Held August 20–September 4, 2021, the group exhibition pays tribute to architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Works on view include those by John Bock, Thomas Demand, Thea Djordjadze, Jenny Holzer, Reinhard Mucha, Otto Piene, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Scheibitz.

 

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

 

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.13, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

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Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.15, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

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Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.13, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.13, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.13, 1999 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.15, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.15, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.15, 1999 (detail)

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Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.17, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

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Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.11, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

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Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.17, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.17, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.17, 1999 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.11, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.11, 1999
C-print
29 × 21.5 cm
11 3/8 × 8 1/2 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.11, 1999 (detail)

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.11, 1999 (detail)

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Thomas Ruff’s series l.m.v.d.r. (since 1999) offers extensive, detailed insights into Mies van der Rohe’s buildings, furniture design, and the dawn of modernism. It finds Ruff focusing on all the buildings Mies van der Rohe created up until his emigration in 1938, including the Barcelona Pavilion and Villa Tugendhat, as well as Haus Esters and Haus Lange. For the works, Ruff worked with various photographic techniques. Unable to photograph some of the buildings himself, the artist used found, archival images that he subsequently digitally altered.

 

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.06, 1999
C-print
95 × 130 cm (framed)
37 3/8 × 51 1/8 inches (framed)

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Thomas Ruff
w.h.s.09, 2001
130 × 170 cm
51 1/8 × 67 inches

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Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.06, 1999
C-print
95 × 130 cm (framed)
37 3/8 × 51 1/8 inches (framed)

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.06, 1999
C-print
95 × 130 cm (framed)
37 3/8 × 51 1/8 inches (framed)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
h.t.b.06, 1999

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
w.h.s.09, 2001
130 × 170 cm
51 1/8 × 67 inches

Thomas Ruff
w.h.s.09, 2001
130 × 170 cm
51 1/8 × 67 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
w.h.s.09, 2001 (scale image)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Ruff
w.h.s.09, 2001

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Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Versuchsanordnung II 
zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Test Arrangement II for Untitled (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)For Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Sound- and video-sculpture (endless loops: sound in the saloon coach of the TGV 9836 at 300 km/h between Bruxelles-Midi and Lyon Part Dieu, June 30, 2007 and video-animated photographs of Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein in the exhibition Kunst wird Material, Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)
3 endless-loops of video animated photographs and 1 endless-loop with soundtrack on 4 DVDs, 4 DVD players, 2 video monitors 20“, 1 video monitor 14“, 2 audio monitors (active), video and electronic cables, cable reel, power strip, 2 dollies, 6 float glass panels, 6 step stools, 2 tape measures, felt cloth, wood
101.0 x 388.0 x 140.0 cm
39 3/4 x 152 3/4 x 55 1/8 inches
© muchaArchive
101.0 × 388.0 × 140.0 cm
39 3/4 × 152 3/4 × 55 1/8 inches

Reinhard Mucha’s sculptural video installation Versuchsanordnung II zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] (2008) refers to an earlier exhibition setting involving his 1982 work Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein, which was on view at Neue Nationalgalerie that same year and was made up of the museum’s own furnishings. The chairs, display cases, glass tables, and ladders used for it were returned to their original places as soon as the exhibition closed. In Versuchsanordnung II zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] (2008), images of Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein and Mies van der Rohe’s building are shown in a continuous, cross-faded loop on two stacked monitors.

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Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Reinhard Mucha
Versuchsanordnung II 
zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Test Arrangement II for Untitled (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)For Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Sound- and video-sculpture (endless loops: sound in the saloon coach of the TGV 9836 at 300 km/h between Bruxelles-Midi and Lyon Part Dieu, June 30, 2007 and video-animated photographs of Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein in the exhibition Kunst wird Material, Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)
3 endless-loops of video animated photographs and 1 endless-loop with soundtrack on 4 DVDs, 4 DVD players, 2 video monitors 20“, 1 video monitor 14“, 2 audio monitors (active), video and electronic cables, cable reel, power strip, 2 dollies, 6 float glass panels, 6 step stools, 2 tape measures, felt cloth, wood
101.0 x 388.0 x 140.0 cm
39 3/4 x 152 3/4 x 55 1/8 inches
© muchaArchive
101.0 × 388.0 × 140.0 cm
39 3/4 × 152 3/4 × 55 1/8 inches

Reinhard Mucha
Versuchsanordnung II 
zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Test Arrangement II for Untitled (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)For Mies van der Rohe, [2013] 2008
Sound- and video-sculpture (endless loops: sound in the saloon coach of the TGV 9836 at 300 km/h between Bruxelles-Midi and Lyon Part Dieu, June 30, 2007 and video-animated photographs of Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein in the exhibition Kunst wird Material, Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982)
3 endless-loops of video animated photographs and 1 endless-loop with soundtrack on 4 DVDs, 4 DVD players, 2 video monitors 20“, 1 video monitor 14“, 2 audio monitors (active), video and electronic cables, cable reel, power strip, 2 dollies, 6 float glass panels, 6 step stools, 2 tape measures, felt cloth, wood
101.0 x 388.0 x 140.0 cm
39 3/4 x 152 3/4 x 55 1/8 inches
© muchaArchive
101.0 × 388.0 × 140.0 cm
39 3/4 × 152 3/4 × 55 1/8 inches

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Reinhard Mucha’s sculptural video installation Versuchsanordnung II zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] (2008) refers to an earlier exhibition setting involving his 1982 work Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein, which was on view at Neue Nationalgalerie that same year and was made up of the museum’s own furnishings. The chairs, display cases, glass tables, and ladders used for it were returned to their original places as soon as the exhibition closed. In Versuchsanordnung II zu Ohne Titel (Reinhard Mucha – Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein – Nationalgalerie Berlin 1982), Für Mies van der Rohe, [2013] (2008), images of Die Letzten werden die Letzten sein and Mies van der Rohe’s building are shown in a continuous, cross-faded loop on two stacked monitors.

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

 

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Scheibitz
Portrait (Studie Mies van der Rohe), 2021
Oil, vinyl, spray paint and pigment marker on canvas
100 × 80 cm
39 3/8 × 31 1/2 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz
Portrait (Studie Mies van der Rohe), 2021
Oil, vinyl, spray paint and pigment marker on canvas
100 × 80 cm
39 3/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Portrait (Studie Mies van der Rohe), 2021
Oil, vinyl, spray paint and pigment marker on canvas
100 × 80 cm
39 3/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Scheibitz
Portrait (Studie Mies van der Rohe), 2021

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In his painting Portrait (Studie Mies van der Rohe) (2021) Thomas Scheibitz draws a direct reference to an image of the architect himself: “The portrait study shows a mental fragment that is tectonic in nature and could represent a building, a piece of furniture, or a sculpture.”

 

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Otto Piene
Untitled (Yellow), 1984
Oil, acrylic laquer and soot on canvas
200 × 200 cm
78 3/4 × 78 3/4 inches

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Otto Piene
Untitled (Yellow), 1984
Oil, acrylic laquer and soot on canvas
200 × 200 cm
78 3/4 × 78 3/4 inches

Otto Piene
Untitled (Yellow), 1984
Oil, acrylic laquer and soot on canvas
200 × 200 cm
78 3/4 × 78 3/4 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Otto Piene
Untitled (Yellow), 1984 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Otto Piene
Untitled (Yellow), 1984 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Otto Piene
Untitled (Yellow), 1984 (scale image)

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Otto Piene
Red Light Ghost, 1966/2014
Glass, light bulbs, metal base and timer
200 × 60 cm
78 3/4 × 23 5/8 inches

Concurrent with Mies in Mind, Sprüth Magers is showing an online exhibition of Otto Piene’s work with a particular focus on his Sky Art projects—his blow-up sculptures, so-called “inflatables.” One such project also featured in More Sky, Piene’s 2014 solo exhibition at Neue Nationalgalerie: Apart from light and sound works inside the building, the artist also had inflatables floating above the museum.

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Otto Piene
Red Light Ghost, 1966/2014
Glass, light bulbs, metal base and timer
200 × 60 cm
78 3/4 × 23 5/8 inches

Otto Piene
Red Light Ghost, 1966/2014
Glass, light bulbs, metal base and timer
200 × 60 cm
78 3/4 × 23 5/8 inches

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Concurrent with Mies in Mind, Sprüth Magers is showing an online exhibition of Otto Piene’s work with a particular focus on his Sky Art projects—his blow-up sculptures, so-called “inflatables.” One such project also featured in More Sky, Piene’s 2014 solo exhibition at Neue Nationalgalerie: Apart from light and sound works inside the building, the artist also had inflatables floating above the museum.

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2018
Steel, plexiglass, ink
46 × 310 × 46 cm
18 × 122 × 18 inches

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Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2018
Steel, plexiglass, ink
46 × 310 × 46 cm
18 × 122 × 18 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2018
Steel, plexiglass, ink
46 × 310 × 46 cm
18 × 122 × 18 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2018 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2018 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2018 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2018 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2018 (detail)

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Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2019
Aluminium, Paint
24 × 19 × 3.5 cm
9 1/2 × 7 1/2 × 1 3/8 inches

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References to modernist architecture and design are a frequent feature of Thea Djordjadze’s work—like her wall piece Untitled (2018), a blue inked glass sculpture that borrows its form and material from a window. Djordjadze painted part of Neue Nationalgalerie’s glazed facade panels for the group exhibition When Things Cast No Shadow (2008); her intuitively applied material and brushwork stood in contrast to the rigid steel skeleton of the building.

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Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2019
Aluminium, Paint
24 × 19 × 3.5 cm
9 1/2 × 7 1/2 × 1 3/8 inches

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2019
Aluminium, Paint
24 × 19 × 3.5 cm
9 1/2 × 7 1/2 × 1 3/8 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thea Djordjadze
Untitled, 2019

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References to modernist architecture and design are a frequent feature of Thea Djordjadze’s work—like her wall piece Untitled (2018), a blue inked glass sculpture that borrows its form and material from a window. Djordjadze painted part of Neue Nationalgalerie’s glazed facade panels for the group exhibition When Things Cast No Shadow (2008); her intuitively applied material and brushwork stood in contrast to the rigid steel skeleton of the building.

Daily #08 reveals Thomas Demand’s great interest in architecture and models. The depicted motif goes back to an interior view of a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe building. In 2009 Demand was represented with a comprehensive solo exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie.

 

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Demand
Daily #08, 2009
Dye transfer print, framed
62.2 × 65.2 cm
24 1/2 × 25 3/4 inches

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Thomas Demand
Daily #08, 2009
Dye transfer print, framed
62.2 × 65.2 cm
24 1/2 × 25 3/4 inches

Thomas Demand
Daily #08, 2009
Dye transfer print, framed
62.2 × 65.2 cm
24 1/2 × 25 3/4 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Demand
Daily #08, 2009

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Thomas Demand
Daily #08, 2009 (detail)

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Exactly twenty years ago Jenny Holzer created Installation for the Neue Nationalgalerie, 2001. Along the ceiling of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe building, she mounted thirteen LED strips, each 49 meters long.

 

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Jenny Holzer
True Living, 2020
Text: Truisms (1977–79), selections from Living (1980–82)
Vertical LED sign: RGB diodes, stainless steel housing
154.9 × 12.4 × 5.2 cm
61 × 4 7/8 × 2 inches

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Jenny Holzer
True Living, 2020
Text: Truisms (1977–79), selections from Living (1980–82)
Vertical LED sign: RGB diodes, stainless steel housing
154.9 × 12.4 × 5.2 cm
61 × 4 7/8 × 2 inches

Jenny Holzer
True Living, 2020
Text: Truisms (1977–79), selections from Living (1980–82)
Vertical LED sign: RGB diodes, stainless steel housing
154.9 × 12.4 × 5.2 cm
61 × 4 7/8 × 2 inches

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Jenny Holzer
True Living, 2020

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Jenny Holzer
True Living, 2020

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Jenny Holzer
True Living, 2020

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Jenny Holzer
True Living, 2020

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Jenny Holzer
True Living, 2020 (installation view)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Jenny Holzer
True Living, 2020 (detail)

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Jenny Holzer
True Living, 2020

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“I found the work [of Jenny Holzer] at the […] kinetic level, fascinating and what it did to the building was extraordinary. To see strikes running through the building did a number of things quite shockingly; some of which were emphasizing Mies’s idea: the sort of endlessness. And Jenny Holzers work plays with that even more. So, it doubles, triples the effect of space running inside and outside. So all of a sudden the static roof which emphasizes this continuity […] is dynamic.”
–David Chipperfield

 

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HOUSE METAATEM (2021) by John Bock consists of a found, white plaster city model traversed by an orange stripe of spray paint. Hovering above it is a black flat surface divided into two parts, a square, embedded in structures of plaster, plexiglass, aluminum, and vertically-placed Q-tips supporting the architecture that is reminiscent of Neue Nationalgalerie.

 

Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

John Bock
HOUSE METAATEM, 2021
City model (plaster and wooden building on wooden frame), Kapa boards, cardboard, plastic packaging, Q-tips, metal rails, silicone pom-pom
92 × 114 × 35 cm
36 1/8 × 44 7/8 × 13 7/8 inches

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Mies in Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

John Bock
HOUSE METAATEM, 2021
City model (plaster and wooden building on wooden frame), Kapa boards, cardboard, plastic packaging, Q-tips, metal rails, silicone pom-pom
92 × 114 × 35 cm
36 1/8 × 44 7/8 × 13 7/8 inches

John Bock
HOUSE METAATEM, 2021
City model (plaster and wooden building on wooden frame), Kapa boards, cardboard, plastic packaging, Q-tips, metal rails, silicone pom-pom
92 × 114 × 35 cm
36 1/8 × 44 7/8 × 13 7/8 inches

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