2018 Architecture and Design Films Showcase
Dir. Catherine Hunter & Ina Weisse
Explore the construction of two ambitious architectural projects: Glenn Murcutt's contemporary take on a mosque, and Mies van der Rohe's epoch-defining Neue Nationalgalerie.

We begin the program with Catherine Hunter’s Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place, a film about Australia’s internationally recognized architect as he embarks on his most ambitious project yet at eighty years of age. The narrative focuses on a mosque Murcutt designed for the local Muslim community, a radical creation that honors Islamic traditions with a distinctively contemporary building. (2017, 57 min, digital)

Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie is an epoch-defining structure designed by Mies van der Rohe. Nearly fifty years later its opening in 1968, Ina Weisse set out to examine the period during which this unique edifice was constructed. The documentary explores how the Neue Nationalgalerie came into existence, and what sort of worldview it expresses. (2017, 52 min, digital)

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Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place

The Neue Nationalgalerie


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

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Lead Image: Catherine Hunter, Glenn Murcutt – Spirit of Place (2017); Courtesy the distributor. Ina Weisse, The Neue Nationalgalerie (2017); Courtesy the distributor.