Neues Bauen (artist book)
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14,8×20 cm
24 pages
Offset print
Booklet, saddle stitched
Edition of 360
Published by Multipress, 2016.
Included in the MoMA library´s collection of artists books.
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In the summer of 1927, the groundbreaking housing exhibition Weißenhofsiedlung opened in Stuttgart. The exhibition’s artistic director Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had two absolute demands of the 16 handpicked architects: flat roofs and white facades. 

As the construction dust settled, after a hectic building period of 21 weeks, it could be seen that only a third of the architects had built white facades. A key feature was the use of various bright colours on the unornamented facades. Mies van der Rohe, who had put forward the demand, painted his own apartment building in a light shade of pink. 

When the exhibition was to be documented for the best-selling catalogue, the photographs of the buildings were rendered
in the black-and-white typical of the time. In spite of the colourful origin, the facades appeared in brilliant white, and created an image that is inextricably linked to functionalist architecture to this day: flat roofs and white facades. 

Generously supported by Arts Council Norway and Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond.http://www.multipressforlag.com/project/angle-13-14/shapeimage_8_link_0