The New National Gallery located in Berlin’s Kulturforum is dedicated to 20th-century art. Opened in 1968, the gallery was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most important modernist architects. The building with its striking black roof is seen as an icon of classical modernism. After almost 50 years of use, the Mies van der Rohe building was completely renovated in 2015. British architect Sir David Chipperfield was responsible for the planning and implementation of the renovation, and the reopening was celebrated on August 21, 2021.
A light installation entitled “Ba-O-Ba” by American artist Keith Sonnier accented the architectural radiance of the New National Gallery. The artist used a strategy of strict reduction and restricted himself to three primary colors and a few long neon lines. These lines surrounded the building, creating a clear, geometric light lattice, following the grid of the rectangular architectural style. As dusk set in, a fascinating dialog arose between the pure, dark steel architecture and the brilliantly shining neon colors, which even surpassed the proverbial transparency of the Mies van der Rohe architecture.
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