Thursday, 12 March 2015

Quotations from an exhibition

There's a great exhibition at MAK in Vienna about the Austrian architects Josef Hoffman and Adolf Loos, who represented two conflicting strands of early Austrian modernism. Hoffmann was a founding member of the Vienna Secession movement, which included artists like Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser. Together with Moser, he set up the Wiener Werkstätte, which produced beautiful, finely-crafted objects. Loos represented a different strand of modernism in which utilitarian objects and architecture were seen as providing the background for individual lifestyles and self expression.

There are lots of beautiful objects and pictures, as you might expect, but I though I would just post some photos I took of the quotations which were displayed on the walls. They are over a century old, but I was struck by how relevant they are to modern life today.

Ways to Modernism. Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and their impact
MAK, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
Until 19 April 2015
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