Farnsworth House

The Farnsworth House is pleased to host “Masters of Modern: Bauhaus Masters and Shu,” a Knoll sponsored exhibition at the Barnsworth Gallery in Plano, Illnois.   Liz Zaczek, KnollStudio, will open with and speak to the rich history of the Bauhaus and its deep ties to Knoll. The exhibition will run from May 20th through July 21st during regular tour hours and admission is free.

Produced and curated exclusively for The Farnsworth House by Knoll Inc., “Masters of Modern: Bauhaus Masters and Shu” will showcase Florence Knoll's early years and her work with Mies van der Rohe. Throughout her career, Florence Knoll translated the Bauhaus idea of the total work of art to the American public and corporate world of the 1950’s and 1960’s. She helped define American Modernism and set a precedent for design that is holistic rather than object-focused. Four Knoll chairs will be on display in addition highlighting Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Anni Albers.

Benjamin Pardo, Knoll Designer Director commented, “The exhibition at Farnsworth House underscores the strong bond between our company co-founder and the Modern Movement, while also celebrating the 100 years of the Bauhaus and its enduring impact the way we work and live.”

Designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1945 and constructed in 1951, The Farnsworth House is a vital part of Modern American architecture. The house is exemplary of both the International Style of architecture as well as the Modern movement’s desire to juxtapose rational, streamlined design with the surrounding natural environment. Mies constructed this glass-box residence of “almost nothing” for Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a country retreat along the Fox River in Plano, IL. It continued to be a private residence for over 50 years until Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation purchased it in 2003.

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