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Mies and the National Gallery of Art in Washington

Tyler breaks the story that the National Gallery of Art seeks to expand into the nearby Federal Trade Commission headquarters.
That’s great, I hope it happens. The NGA needs more room and adding a public building to the mall would enliven the area. Since 9-11 and the new security measures around DC buildings, and more restricted access, the mall is less animated than it had been, near the government bureau buildings.

But did Tyler forget his own terrific idea?

Use Mies’ Martin Luther King library (4 blocks away) as a wing of the National Gallery in which to show contemporary art.

Tyler says contemporary, I say modern and contemporary, but wouldn’t it be great to see art in there?

The DC building needs to be saved, and restored. If not as a library, then why not a gallery? And I know who should do the restoration work.

A new New National Gallery by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe?


The old New National Gallery by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The new New National Gallery by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe?

Tyler has a very good idea. And today is Mies’ birthday. Let’s gift him Tyler’s idea!



The ugliest building you’ll ever see on this site!

Only so we can talk about
Five buildings that could be movies.

This is Thomas Kinkade’s painting, “The Christmas Cottage.”
(How horrid!)

The painting is being made into a movie.

This inspired Tyler Green to think about five good paintings that could be movies,
and he blogged about it on his fine site. Tyler also links to others who chose five.

So now I’m interested in “Five buildings that could be movies.”

What do you think?

One on my list would be by Frank Lloyd Wright (his work is very cinematic), Fallingwater? Unity Temple?

Another would be the New National Gallery by Mies. Each pane of glass at ground level looks like a film frame. Just watch someone walk around them. It’s a movie. And give it an Oscar for best lighting! Of course the sound isn’t great, with those large parallel walls of glass. Mies is said to have said, “If it’s good sound you want, go to Philharmonie” (The concert hall by Hans Scharoun just down the street. (1.)

But it’s late now, and I have to prepare for my interview for this year’s Pritzker Prize laureate – to be announced Wednesday – so right now I can’t choose my “Five buildings that could be movies.”

How about you, which would you cite?
Help me out here.


1. Phyllis Lambert told me this.