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architecture in the Novembergruppe

Neues Bauen was a movement to promote modern architecture that was functional, sober and clear. The Novembergruppe played an important role in its birth: during the inflation years, with the economy in a state of collapse, there were not many commissions for architects, especially not for innovative ones.

In this harsh climate, the Novembergruppe exhibitions were a welcome opportunity for Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Hugo Häring, Max Taut and other proponents of this “new building” to present their ground-breaking designs for skyscrapers, theatres, petrol stations, indoor car parks and housing estates to the general public.

From 1923 the architects even had their own space at the annual show to feature their projects separately from the fine art. The press hailed these displays as the expression of a new society. When Ludwig Mies van der Rohe took over as chair of the association in 1924, he gave architecture an even bigger place in the Novembergruppe. No wonder the other artists felt marginalised. The rift came in 1927, when the architects left almost en bloc. Modern architecture found new leadership in the Bauhaus and Der Ring.

Read more stories about the Novembergruppe here.


Berlinische Galerie

Landesmuseum für Moderne
Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Stiftung Öffentlichen Rechts

Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
10969 Berlin Germany

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