MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series Spotlight Mies van der Rohe


The series will screen “Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe” December 11.


November 25, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) — The 2013-14 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series, hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and sponsored by Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle, continues Wednesday, December 11, with a special screening of “Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe,” a documentary on the German-American architect and master of Modernist design, at the Raleigh Grande Cinema in Raleigh.

Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) designed such high-profile buildings as The Seagram Building in New York City, Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago, The Barcelona Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain, and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany. He also designed furniture, including the iconic Barcelona Chair.

But In 1967, at the end of a career spanning more than six decades, he designed a gas station near Montreal. Filmmakers Patrick Demers and Joseph Hillel use the story of that gas station to introduce his entire body of work. As the New York Times described the documentary:

The program begins with an unusual illustration of the less-is-more philosophy — the creation of a simple Montreal gas station in 1967, late in van der Rohe’s career — and from there, expands into a panoramic view of his life, from his instruction at Bauhaus in the ’30s, through his departure to America, to his death in 1969, and all of the astonishing creations in-between.”

The Chicago Tribune’s movie critic Michael Wilmington noted that the documentary is “well-filmed, well-spoken, not overly adulatory, not pushily dramatic or agenda-laden. It gives us a brief sketch of Mies’ life and shows us a number of his beautiful buildings and interiors, accompanied by a hip jazz soundtrack.”

The film begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 and are available at the NCMH Ticket Desk inside the Raleigh Grande at 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh (27613).

Sponsors for the entire series are the Contemporary Art Museum-Raleigh, VMZink, Kontek Systems, and Alison Steele of A+S Design.

For more information on these and future films in the series, go to





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