The Neue Nationalgalerie
The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin is an epoch-defining structure by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was opened in 1968. Nearly 50 years later, the director Ina Weisse sets out to examine the period during which this unique edifice was constructed. She is the daughter of the architect Rolf Weisse, who used to work in the offices of Mies van der Rohe in Chicago. In addition to the unpublished film material shot by him, Ina Weisse’s film contains numerous interviews with her father Rolf Weisse, Mies van der Rohe’s grandson Dirk Lohan, the architect David Chipperfield – who is commissioned with renovating the building – and others. The documentary explores the question of how the Neue Nationalgalerie came into existence, and what sort of world view is brought to expression by Mies van der Rohe’s building.