architect exemplifies ‘less is more’

This Friday, July 20, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art screens Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe during the museum’s monthly Architecture + Film program.

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Considered one of the most influential architects and stylists of the 20th century, Mies van der Rohe designed more than 70 buildings during his six-decade career. His best known works – the Seagram Building in New York, a cluster of residential towers along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin (shown above) – showcase the architect’s modernist style with an emphasis on glass and steel, and his “less is more” philosophy.

With stylish cinematography and an evocative jazz score, the 2005 documentary (running time: 56 minutes) showcases more than 70 of van der Rhoe’s buildings and includes interviews with architects Rem Koolhaas and Elizabeth Diller.

Preceding the screening is a short presentation led by Thomas Forget, Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator of the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte