SABINE MARCELIS X MIES VAN DER ROHE PAVILION BOOK: NO FEAR OF GLASS
OCT 28 2021
On the 28th October 2021, Side gallery, in collaboration with Sabine Marcelis and the Mies Van de Rohe Foundation, announced the publication of NO FEAR OF GLASS. The book was printed as an extension of the exhibition by Sabine Marcelis that took place at the Mies Van de Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona, in December 2019. The publication is accompanied by texts written by architect and co-founder MAIO, Anna Puigjaner and Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, architect, curator and founder of 2050+. On the occasion of the launch at the Barcelona Pavilion on the 28th October 2021, both Anna and Ippolito were in conversation with Side Gallery’s director and owner, Luis Sendino, as well as the designer herself, Sabine Marcelis, the talk was introduced and hosted by Anna Ramos, director of the Mies Van de Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona.
The site-specific intervention NO FEAR OF GLASS took the title from ‘Fear of glass’, the book about the Barcelona Pavilion by Josep Quetglas, the proposal aimed to explore the contrast between the request made to Mies van der Rohe to “not use too much glass” with the creative proposal of Sabine Marcelis herself, where glass was the key element of the exhibition, pushing the material’s limits to the end.
Mies Van de Rohe and Lilly Reich experimented with materials to test their ideals of modernity through the rigour of their geometry, the precision of their pieces and the clarity of their assembly. Marcelis alike used material and production experimentation to create surprising applications, perfect in form, that translate the materiality and profile of the Pavilion.
In conjunction with the launch of the publication, Side Gallery also released a short film of the making of the exhibition. The film features the exhibition’s designer, Sabine Marcelis, who talks us through the concept and process’ leading the to the creation of the emblematic exhibition. Marcelis explains, through the use of material and production experimentation, each of her five original works create surprising applications, perfect in form, that translate the materiality and ideology of the Pavilion.