Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 Aachen - Chicago 1969) is one of the 20th century's outstanding architects and designers, whose creations changed the whole architectural language in Germany, even in the USA. His idea of functionality, formal lucidity, materiality and technical innovations are present in all his construction, also in Krefeld. For the textile manufacturers Hermann Lange and Josef Esters he designed the houses Lange and Esters (1927/30) and the dye works building for Verseidag (1930/31).
With more mies. krefelder architekturtage, the Kunstmuseen Krefeld are shifting the focus on to the historical and current importance of the architect.
1928 Mies van der Rohe commenced work on Haus Lange and Haus Esters on Wilhelmshofallee. The 5th Krefelder Architekturtage is dedicated to the image of the city around 1928 and will examine buildings erected at that time in the light of such aspects as their architectural language and social meaning. Moreover the critique of the architecture by Mies at that moment will be at focus.
The programme will be conducted mainly in German language.