Almost Nothing

Almost Nothing

100 Artists Comment on the Work of Mies van der Rohe

Art works inspired by Mies van der Rohe by international artists such as Rita Ernst, Daniel Libeskind, Sarah Morris, Erwin Wurm, Rem Koolhaas, Konstantin Grcic, Kurt Schwitters, Carl Andre, Peter Eisenman, Isa Genzken, Alexander Calder, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Thomas Schütte, Yves Klein, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Dan Graham, and others.



Title Information

Christian Bjone

1st edition

, 2019


240 pages, 147 color and 68 b/w illustrations

21.5 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-080-8


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) undoubtedly is one of the most significant and influential architects ever. His designs and realized buildings, as well as his thinking and writings, until the present day continue to initiate many controversial debates on achievement and failure in modern architecture. Yet not only architects and urban designers have been inspired or appalled by Mies van der Rohe. This new book demonstrates that his influence reaches far beyond the boundaries of the professional architecture world.

Almost Nothing collects work by one-hundred painters, sculptors, photographers, film directors, designers, cartoonists, and architects that comment on or appropriate buildings, designs, and statements by or images of the legendary architect. The works also form a hundredfold re-interpretation of Mies van der Rohe’s life and oeuvre. New York-based architect and writer Christian Bjone in his complementing text provides rich background information on the individual artists and the depicted art works. The books’ title refers to a statement by Mies van der Rohe himself on one of his celebrated masterpieces, Crown Hall on IIT campus in Chicago, which combines ingeniously simplicity with complexity.

Authors & Editors

Christian Bjone

 graduated in architecture from University of Illinois at Chicago and Princeton University. Living and working in New York, he is the author of a number of books on architectural history.