Good vibes from Barcelona! Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2020 programme announced!

During 2020 the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion will be activated more than ever as a public platform to dissolve the boundaries between architectural research and the arts, promoting the dissemination of architecture in collaboration with an extensive and varied network of entities and people.

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion 2020 programme brings together and generates synergies between academia, artistic production and the architectural culture of cities and territories. It will also get closer than ever to the general public incorporating as a highlight the first 12 Sundays of the month as open days that add to those already established and proposes to reach the 100,000 visitors annually.

Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2020 programme

Artistic interventions in the Pavilion

The program of interventions in the Pavilion acts as a way to maintain active interpretations of the Pavilion, this year it presents the proposals by Mario Pasqualotto (Festival Llum Barcelona), Katarzyna Karkowiak (Sónar Mies) and Laercio Redondo (Barcelona Gallery Weekend).

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2020 programme highlights the actions and performances resulting from academic collaborations and architectural research: Beautiful Failures with Stella Rahola and Roger Paez (Elisava), P!DF by Prem Krishnamurthy (EINA) and two more collaborations, one with Luke Olsen and MIAS Architects (Bartlett School) and the other with Ciro Najle, Anna Font and Josep Ferrando (Universitat Torcuato di Tella). Finally, Re-enactment: the work of Lilly Reich occupies the Barcelona Pavilion, by Laura Martínez de Guereñu, will present the results of the first edition of the Lilly Reich Grant for Equality in Architecture.

This year the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion will also present the publications of two of the interventions: the catalogue of Sabine Marcelis and the book “Expression of Weight” by Luis Martínez Santa-María that follow and enrich the speech they proposed with “No fear of Glass” and “I do not want to change the world. I only want to express it” respectively.

Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2020 programme

Educational activity

The educational action plan is expanded with a new activity aimed at primary school students, which is added to those we already offer to secondary and high school students and activities aimed at family audiences are reinforced. The second edition of the Lilly ‘Reich Grant for Equality in Architecture’ will be called and we will continue the collaboration with local platforms such as the Consell d’Innovació Pedagògica.


The dissemination of the collection of the archive of the Fundació, the EU Mies Award and the YTAA through our exhibitions that act as a platform for dissemination and debate in its travelling around Europe and beyond. In 2020 in addition to the exhibition “Architectures on the Waterfront” that has been presented at the Museu Marítim in Barcelona, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion presents the exhibition “Architecture is of Public Interest” in Moscow and we talk about social housing in the exhibition of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris and in the proposal “Never demolish” that Ruby Press brings to the Pavilion. The travelling exhibition of the EU Mies Award will find new venues in Leuven and Vienna. The third edition of the YTAA -Young Talent Award will select the best graduation projects and present them in the context of the Venice Biennale 2020.

Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2020 programme

Visits and activities in the Pavilion

In addition to the interventions, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2020 programme brings the screen film series Pantalla Pavelló, the concerts of Pavelló de Música and the proposal of Pavelló de Lectura. Taking advantage of the exceptionality of the pavilion space to perform music we present three concerts in collaboration with the Fundación Goethe and Barcelona Obertura. And when the good weather arrives the programme Pantalla Pavelló, in which the films are beamed directly on the travertine, under the title “Mies in America”, will take us on this occasion four films that will bring us closer to the historical moment that he lived.

Fundació Mies van der Rohe 2020 programme is open and allows new activities to be incorporated over the course of the year which will be communicated through its agenda, social media and its newsletter.

For more info visit the Fundació Mies van der Rohe website