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Incessant VisionsWednesday, October 24, 2012 6:30 pm
In March 1933, German Jewish architect Erich Mendelsohn, head of Germany’s largest architectural firm, fled Berlin, foreseeing grave consequences from Hitler’s rise to power.
In Amsterdam he bumped into an acquaintance who asked what he was doing there. The reply: “I’m relocating my office.”
It wouldn’t be the last time Mendelsohn would start over in a foreign land.
In Incessant Visions, Israeli director Duki Dror unfolds the amazing story of Mendelsohn’s life through letters exchanged with his wife Luise, an accomplished cellist. The film explores Mendelsohn’s rise as an architectural visionary, his friendships with Albert Einstein and Frank Lloyd Wright, and the jagged trajectory of his career as he worked in England, Israel, and the United States.
A post-screening discussion was led by world-renowned architect Stanley Tigerman.
Stanley Tigerman is a principal in the Chicago design firm Tigerman McCurry Architects and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He holds two architectural degrees from Yale University, has written seven books, and has designed buildings throughout the world. Tigerman represented the United States at the Venice Biennales in 1976 and 1980. He’s been selected to do so again in 2012.