Documentary about Peter Behrens Going All Around the World
Product design and architecture are probably the two art forms that we encounter most frequently in everyday life. Everyone has heard the names Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe or Le Corbusier before. All three have one thing in common: the painter, designer, typographer and architect Peter Behrens, who was born in Hamburg in 1868. He was their employer in his office and had a decisive influence on their later work. The autodidact Behrens is regarded as a pioneer of objective architecture and, through his creative work for AEG before the First World War, also industrial design. The documentary film produced by mindnapped about Peter Behrens’ life has been shown at festivals and exhibitions all over the world since its release in 2015.
Only known documentary about Peter Behrens
Director Alexander Lorenz and interior designer Angela Lorenz presented the world’s first portrait film about this autodidactic multi-talent with “Peter Behrens – Vom Skizzenblock zum Alexanderplatz” in 2015. In this film, they talk to contemporary witnesses and connoisseurs of his work – including Behrens´ grandson Till – and show scenes from the preparation of the exhibition “Peter Behrens and the Diversity of Design”, for which models of Peter Behren’s works were produced. In addition, the film presents early works by the painter Behrens and a large number of Behrens’s buildings. Many of which have survived the test of time to this day and are now often being used completely differently than they were originally intended to be.