From first sight, they look similar, almost like twins. Two minimalist glass cubes, whose place in the history of modernist architecture has long been cemented. But Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House couldn’t have been more different. One is black and sits on the ground; the other white and placed on pilotis; one masculine and the other feminine; one resulted in a famed law suit and the other because the first of a series of architectural experimentations. In a new exhibition of photographs, entitled “Side by Side,” on view at the Four Seasons Restaurant, Miami-based art photographer Robin Hill seeks to explore the myth and to put the two one next to the other. The two houses, one was built in New Canaan as Johnson’s retreat, and the other in Plano, Illinois for Chicago-based physician Edith Farnswoth, tell the story of two architects who changed the face of modern architecture. One was among the most talented architects of the 20th century, a revolutionary legend who was forced to leave Germany with the rise of the Nazis and emigrated to the US, and the other -- his disciple, patron, and promoter, who put what he learnt from Mies into his own Glass House. The exhibition, curated by Hilary Lewis will be on view from June 22nd through September 10th.
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