Erich Mendelsohn - Dynamics and Function: Realised Visions of a Cosmopolitan Architect
Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff were the architects for the De La Warr Pavilion, the UK's first public Modernist building, opened in 1935.
The German Jewish architect Mendelsohn, who had lived in the UK since 1933, is now considered one of the most important German architects of the 20th century. His buildings were erected in Germany, the Soviet Union, Norway, England, Palestine and the USA.
With his very first buildings, the Einstein Tower in Potsdam, the hat factory in Luckenwalde and the Mosse Building in Berlin, he catapulted himself to the forefront of the avant-garde. He subsequently received numerous commissions to design department stores, commercial buildings, factories, private houses and to plan shop conversions.
The exhibition presents Mendelsohn's extensive oeuvre under distinct fields of activity. In this way, visitors will be able to follow and compare the stylistic development of Mendelsohn's designs from his earliest period. Numerous models that vividly display the selected buildings have been specially made for this exhibition by the University of Stuttgart, Institute of Presentation and Design, Professor W. Knoll, under the supervision of M. Hechinger.
Works for this exhibition have been curated by Dr Regina Stephan who teaches architectural history at the Technical University of Darmstadt and the University of Applied Science in Mainz. She is author/editor of several books on Mendelsohn, among them Erich Mendelsohn - Architect 1887-1953 (1999).