Another Mies van der Rohe work is on display in Chicago. Only this time, itâ€™s in photograph form.
A temporary exhibit of photographs by Werner Blaser is on
display at the Crown Gallery on the Illinois Intitute of Technology
Campus. Entitled, West is East is West,
it is a comparison of van der Roheâ€™s architecture and Eastern philosophy.
Blaser, a student of both van der Rohe and IIT, visited the
Crown Gallery several months ago and requested that the gallery house his
exhibitâ€™s first trip to the United
Previously, it was displayed in Switzerland
â€œMies was here and Werner (Blaser) was here,â€ said Meg
Raines, who works for the Mies van der Rohe society. â€œItâ€™s a neat little Chicago and IIT
The exhibit consists of photographs of van der Rohe designed
buildings, including the Crown Gallery itself, displayed next to buildings
found in East Asia.
Blaser displays the a photograph of the Crown Gallery, which
was built from 1952-56 next to one of the Ryoko-in Daituku Temple district in
Kyoto, Japan. The similarity of the two designs
is the emphasis on making the interior of each building resemble outside
Other overlapping themes include architecture providing a
frame for nature, which can be seen in van der Roheâ€™s design for 860-880 Lake Shore Drive
and a Chinese pavilion on West Lake His-hu in Hangchow.
The exhibit is on display until July 29 and is open from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays with an entrance fee of $5. The Crown Gallery is located at 3360 S. State Street.