Almost Nothing
100 Artists Comment on the Work of Mies van der Rohe
Christian Bjone


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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) undoubtedly is one of the most significant and influential architects ever. His designs and realized buildings, as well as his thinking and writings, until the present day continue to initiate many controversial debates on achievement and failure in modern architecture. This new book demonstrates that his influence reaches far beyond the boundaries of the professional architecture world.

Modern Architecture, Theory / History / Criticism
Almost Nothing collects work by one-hundred painters, sculptors, photographers, film directors, designers, cartoonists, and architects (such as Rita Ernst, Daniel Libeskind, Sarah Morris, Erwin Wurm, Rem Koolhaas, Konstantin Grcic, Kurt Schwitters, Carl Andre, Peter Eisenman, Isa Genzken, Alexander Calder, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Thomas Schütte, Yves Klein, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Dan Graham, among others) that comment on or appropriate buildings, designs, and statements by or images of the legendary architect. The works also form a hundredfold re-interpretation of Mies van der Rohe’s life and oeuvre. New York-based architect and writer Christian Bjone in his complementing text provides rich background information on the individual artists and the depicted art works. The books’ title refers to a statement by Mies van der Rohe himself on one of his celebrated masterpieces, Crown Hall on IIT campus in Chicago, which combines ingeniously simplicity with complexity.

Christian Bjone graduated in architecture from University of Illinois at Chicago and Princeton University. Living and working in New York, he is the author of a number of books on architectural history.


147 color, 68 b/w

240 pages, 1215 illustrations
Hardback, 18x21.5 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2019
ISBN 9783038600808