Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Neue Nationalgalerie

Completed in 1968, Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin is Mies van der Rohe's last work.  It is considered one of the most perfect architectural statements of this great master of modern architecture.  The use of monumental steel columns supporting a cantilevered roof with a glass enclosure allows full flexibility of the interior space.  A truly great masterpiece.

Barnett Newman's equally monumental Broken Obelisk sits comfortably on the podium of NN.

With artist Frank Stella and architect Santiago Calatrava's collaborative effort, this installation was constructed and hanging under NN's vast roof when I visited there this summer:

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