Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
“God is in the Details“
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is regarded as a master of modern architecture. He created elegant, transcendent spaces with an architecture based on material honesty and structural integrity. He made use of modern materials such as glass and industrial steel to create contemplative spaces of austere elegance.
Known for his dictums, “God is in the Details“ and “less is more,“ Mies van der Rohe believed that the more truthfully buildings expressed their structure and form, the more architecture became transcendent.
An American Icon
Philip Johnson was the most influential figure in American architecture of the 20th century. A student of Mies van der Rohe and Mercel Breuer, Johnson’s early work, with its innovative use of glass and steel, paid homage to his former mentors. As a critic and curator at the Museum of Modern Art, Johnson championed the work of European modernists and was largely responsible for bringing their ideas to the United States.
Johnson’s later work bridged the gap between the more “serious“ movement of Minimalism and the more populist movement of Pop art. His best work has aspects of both approaches and also incorporates historical architectural elements. A prolific architect with countless buildings to his name, Johnson transformed the urban landscape of our country.