Docomomo US
Conference: Mies Van de Rohe’s Tugendhat House
DATE: 3/6/2019
30th May 2019, Washington Dc, US / 3rd June 2019, New York, US

Mies Van der Rohe’s Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, is a modernist icon and a preeminent example of a very early and remarkably innovative modernist design. The Tugendhat House was completed in 1930 and designed at the same time as the Barcelona Pavilion. The Tugendhat House shares many important design features with the Pavilion such as a free plan, extensive use of glass and steel, chrome-clad columns, and even an onyx wall. Since 1994 the villa has been open to the public as a museum administered by the city of Brno. In 2007 the Tugendhats´ heirs applied for the restitution of the villa, citing a law covering works of art confiscated during the Holocaust. By that time, some of the concrete was deteriorating and entire sections of the interior were missing. Later, parts of the original wood panelling were found at Masaryk University, a building used by the Gestapo as their Brno headquarters. Reconstruction and restoration started in February 2010 and finished in February 2012 and the house was reopened to the public in March of that year.

Join Art Historian Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, a daughter of the original owners, and her husband, Ivo Hammer, who chaired the international expert commission that consulted on the restoration. Together with Ivo Hammer, she received the Prize of the City of Brno in 2016. Daniela is also the co-author, with Ivo Hammer and Wolf Tegethoff, of Tugendhat House—Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Basel 2014 (extended edition).

This lecture was part of the couple’s national lecture series, visiting Chicago, DC, New York and Los Angeles. This series were sponsored by the Mies Van der Rohe Society in Chicago and David and Margaret Hensler of Washington DC.


Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat is Honorary Professor of Art History at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and lectures at the Art History Institute of the University of Vienna. She is the daughter of Grete and Fritz Tugendhat, the awarding authority of the Tugendhat-House by Mies van der Rohe in Brünn.

Ivo Hammer, Dr. phil., FIIC, is a conservator-restorer in the workshop of his father Walter Hammer, and teaches courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. From 1997-2008, Ivo was a full professor at HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Between 2003-2010, Ivo did a conservation-science study of the Tugendhat House, Brno (1930, UNESCO-WH). From 2010-2012 he served as the Chair of the International Expert Commission THICOM (Tugendhat House). 

Date: May 30th 2019
Location: District Architecture Center, Washington DC, US
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Date: June 3rd 2019
Location: Center for Architecture, New York, US
Time: 6pm – 8pm
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