In 2020, we commemorate 90 years since the completion of Villa Tugendhat, designed by the world-famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The exhibition plan, professional lectures or guided tours and other events prepared by the Villa Tugendhat Study and Documentation Centre are thus consistently focused only on topics related to the Tugendhat family home and its architect this year. The curatorial team in cooperation with a number of domestic and foreign experts will present new knowledge about the villa itself or consider the position of the villa in the scope of Mies’ whole work, as perceived by his contemporaries (Philip Johnson) and as reflected today. Furthermore, the public will learn about the post-war destiny of the house and the evaluation of the restoration of the building as an installed monument of modern architecture.
PIECES OF MIES: REUNIONE
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE: VILA TUGENDHAT AND THE BARCELONA PAVILION
30. 12. 2019 – 8. 3. 2020
UNESCO sights are a kind of fetish. So are instant photos. David Židlický, a long-time photographer of Villa Tugendhat, combines these two aspects in his unique large-format instant photographs from Brno and Barcelona taken in 2019. However, the created works are not “fetish squared”, but an effort to grasp the notoriously known spaces through a technical process that captures the atmosphere of the place as perfectly as possible at a particular moment, i.e. the legendary photographic here and now. More information about the project: https://www.tugendhat.eu/cz/aktualne/pieces-of-mies-reunion-572.html and atelierzidlicky.eu.
Curator: Lukáš Bártl
ARINA DÄHNICK: THE MIES PROJECT
11. 3. – 3. 5. 2020
A project by Berlin photographer Arina Dähnick presents contemporary architectural portraits of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's buildings in America and Europe. A travelling exhibition presented in several of Mies' iconic works, the Barcelona Pavilion, Farnsworth House in Illinois, the Crown Hall, Rangefinder Gallery in Chicago, in New York, will also be presented at Villa Tugendhat in Brno.
Curators: Jana Vránová, Lucie Valdhansová
More information about the project: https://www.tugendhat.eu/cz/aktualne/arina-dahnick--the-mies-project-577.html
The exhibition was installed on the technical floor of Villa Tugendhat. Its presentation was interrupted due to the closure of the villa because of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The Mies Project will be on display again at Villa Tugendhat in the spring of 2021.
30. 6. 2020 – 30. 8. 2020
At a time of breathtaking quality of today's digital cameras, we can perceive an increasingly strong tendency among photographers to return to the essence of the medium and work with technologies that do not stun with their image qualities, rather on the contrary with rawness and imperfection. Such photographers include Pavel Piňos, who has been fascinated by photographs made with a pinhole camera. He has been working with the camera obscura for years, assembling cameras and working with unusual materials. Above all, however, he regularly participates in photographic workshops in the Tugendhat Villa focused on this technique, and the specific environment of the villa has somehow become one of his main themes, perhaps even obsessions over time. He photographs this luxurious architecture with a certain type of voyeurism, capturing not only places that he normally "presents" to visitors during tours, but also by placing his cameras like mousetraps in the rooms. Then he anxiously waits for the result, which is always a bit uncertain… The Lensless exhibition will present a selection of his hitherto unpublished and unpresented works.
Curator: Lukáš Bártl
Autumn – winter 2020
The autumn cycle of exhibitions, prepared by the team of the Villa Tugendhat Study and Documentation Centre with external experts, follows up on the Mies van der Rohe exhibition at the House of Arts (see below), anachronistically presenting selected chapters from the history of Villa Tugendhat.
Curators: SDC-VT: Barbora Benčíková, Iveta Černá, Ludmila Haasová, Lucie Valdhansová
RE.FLECTION.TUGENDHAT.90 : RE.STORATION.2010.2012
14 . 9. – 1. 11. 2020
This exhibition will present the course, the idea, selected restoration procedures and all aspects of the renewal process of the house and its adaptation as an installed monument of modern architecture. Significant discoveries of original material elements found during the restoration will also be presented. The exhibition critically reflects the chosen procedures as well as several years of experience with the operation of this UNESCO heritage site, whose visit is still the subject of enormous interest. The exhibition also refers to the exhibition projects of the Municipal House Association in the House of Arts, where these architects participate, including the exhibition on František Kalivoda and Villa Tugendhat, reflecting the first attempts to restore the Tugendhat Villa in the late 1960s on the same venue.
RE.FLECTION.TUGENDHAT.90 : RE.CAPITULATION.1946.1993
3. 11. – 13. 12. 2020
An exhibition intended for the general public, presenting many years of research by the Villa Tugendhat Study and Documentation Centre, surveying individual fragments and personal testimonies documenting the fate of one house throughout the twentieth century. The exhibition will be supplemented by audio recordings of oral history, period photographs and archival materials, as well as some original artefacts stored in the Brno City Museum depository.
RE.FLECTION.TUGENDHAT.90 : RE.PRESENTATION.1930.1932
15. 12. 2020 – 28. 2. 2021
Villa Tugendhat owes its world renown not only to its architect, but especially to architecture theorist, curator Philip Johnson. The exhibition focuses on Johnson's visit to Villa Tugendhat just after its completion on 30 – 31 August 1930, when he went through the villa together with its creator. Thanks to Johnson's fascination with the Brno work by Mies van der Rohe, Villa Tugendhat (through photographs by Rudolf Sandalo jr.) became one of the main buildings presented at The Internationale Style exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1932 and even got on the cover of the exhibition catalogue. The exhibition reflects the importance of Philip Johnson's role in understanding the space of Villa Tugendhat and expanding her fame.
Supporting programme RE.FLECTION.TUGENDHAT.90:
Autumn – winter2020
Guided tours and lectures by renowned domestic art historians, architects and restorers dealing with the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Special guided tours of technical facilities and interior fittings with their restorers.
Unfortunately, we have been forced to relinquish the visits of foreign guests of our programme due to the pandemic.
Architecture Day festival
1. – 7. 10. 2020
Special guided tours of the villa with its restorers and authors of the restoration in the years 2010 - 2012. The restorers will present the procedure and technology of restoring the furniture and technical equipment of the villa, the architects will present the plan for the restoration of the monument. The tours also include the RE.STORATION.2010.2012 exhibition.
The programme was prepared by the Tugendhat Study and Documentation Centre and was realized with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
The programme is a part of the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Villa Tugendhat, organized under the patronage of the Czech Commission for UNESCO.
MIES VAN DER ROHE
The House of Artsa
11. 9. – 15. 11. 2020
Malinovského nám. 2, Brno
Open: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Opening: 12.5.2020 18:00
The exhibition project marks the ninetieth anniversary of the completion of the construction of the Tugendhat House and the tenth anniversary from the start of its restoration. The house of the husband and wife Greta and Fritz Tugendhat was designed in 1928–29 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most important 20th century architects in the world. The house is exceptional in its structure, spatial arrangement, interior furnishing, technical infrastructure and connection with the garden. The significance of this unique work of art for the history of world architecture was confirmed in 2001 by the listing of the house as UNESCO world cultural heritage. Visitors to the exhibition will see original photographs of the Tugendhat house taken in 1931 by Rudolf Sandalo, authentic furniture from the house furnishings, original project documentation for the house and a number of other period documents which have so far not been publicly displayed. Through preserved photographic documentation of the Brno exhibition in the House of Arts in 1968–69 visitors will get a glimpse of its visual aspect and architectural design.
Curator: Dagmar Černoušková a Jindřich Chatrný
The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with the Brno City Museum.