Lilly Reich

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Lilly Reich and Mies van der Rohe were collaborators, friends, and lovers from the mid ’20s to the advent of war in 1938, until Mies fled to the United States, eventually taking his place in the pantheon of Modernist heroes. Yet at the beginning, Reich was as much Mies’ leader as his follower. She had a roaring practice when they met: she was a member of the Werkbund board, an established clothing and textile designer who preached a reduced, Modernist esthetic, and an exhibition designer whose work was known abroad: her Werkbund show “The Applied Arts” was held at the Newark Museum in 1922. During her years of collaboration with Mies, she never closed her own office.

The MoMA show begins with two of the projects Reich worked on with Mies: the installation for the “Velvet and Silk Cafe” in the 1927 “Women’s Fashion” exhibition in Berlin, and the Plate-Glass Hall for a Werkbund exhibition on

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