The installation 'Beautiful Failures', in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

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Place: Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

The students of the Masters’s Degree in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces (MEATS) present "Beautiful Failures", a project that totally transforms the Pavilion by Lilly Reich and Mies van der Rohe.

Led by Stella Rahola Matutes and Roger Paez, the students of this Elisava master's degree present an intervention that reflects the result of questioning the fragility and vulnerability using the two most delicate materials of the construction of the Pavilion: glass and travertine.

Seventeen raised travertine slabs show seventeen pits around which defective pieces of glass are arranged, originating from artisan workshops in the city of Barcelona. The new landscape resulting from the partial uplift of the pavement and its relationship to the discarded glass finds analogies with an archaeological stratigraphic excavation. The proposal is a ceremonial action that rides between the discovery and the funeral ceremony, between the mortuary and what is revealed to us. Simultaneously understood as a rite of discovery and burial, this temporary intervention in the pavilion establishes a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth where all elements play an important role from the pavilion’s own history. "Beautiful Failures” wants to be a reflection on the nature of this space, which is not just a replica but a living entity that is no longer limited to projecting an identical image of the mythical original Pavilion.

According to Roger Paez, co-director of the Masters' Degree in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces at Elisava, "Beautiful Failures" is a dream come true: to transform the Mies Pavilion, one of the most important landmarks of modern architecture, based on a radically temporary sensibility. For MEATS and for Elisava, it means being part of an exciting project where, for 25 years, interventions by artists, architects and designers have reinterpreted the pavilion's inexhaustible quality".

Guided tour (30’). Included in the ticket price of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.

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