Exposition 02: German Pavilion

Exposition 02: German Pavilion

2019 is a very special year for architecture, being 100 since the creation of the school of Bauhaus, 50 years since the death of Mies van der Rohe, and also 90 since the opening of the German Pavilion in Barcelona in 1929.

It is within this context that Exposition 02: German Pavilion emerges.

Grupo Arca, in favor of promoting architectural culture, offers a program of activities to join the exhibition in its Guadalajara’s Design Center, taking citizens closer to this symbolic work and creating new ways to see architecture.

The Barcelona Pavilion was an emblematic work by the Modern Movement, studied and interpreted exhaustively, and also an inspiration for the generations that followed. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, it served as Germany’s national pavilion during the International Exposition in Barcelona, in 1929. Once the event finished, it was disassembled and became a key reference for Mies van der Rohe’s career and for the architecture from the 20th century, reason why thoughts about its reconstruction emerged, which began in 1983, and the new pavilion was inaugurated in 1986 in its original site.

Cured by architect Jorge Tejeda from Guadalajara, this exhibition takes a tour (and pays tribute) to this pavilion and its creator through mockups, pieces owned by diverse collectors, o projection of the video about the pavilion’s architecture, blueprints of the space, and a text about the work by Alejandro Aravena (2016 Pritzker Prize winner) -which will preside over one of the exhibition halls- without forgetting about one of the main pieces from the time, an original Barcelona chair, designed by van der Rohe and Reich especially for the occasion and which became an icon of modern design.

The program is complemented by a cycle of conferences and roundtables with the participation of architects Sergio Ortiz, Hugo González, Alejandro Guerrero, Juan López Newton, and Francisco Solórzano, among others.


WHERE: Design Center Guadalajara. Av. Acueducto 6050, Lomas del Bosque, Guadalajara, Zapopan