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PATHS OF MODERNITY - Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos and the consequences

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MAK exhibition catalogue
Eds.: Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Matthias Boeckl and Christian Witt-Dörring
German English
336 pages, numerous color illustrations
27 x 21.22 cm, hardcover
MAK, Vienna / Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2015

The catalog book for the exhibition illuminates two central modes of thought of modernity in an antithetical comparison - including the prehistory and aftermath up to the present day. Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) and Adolf Loos (1870–1933) represent contrasting reactions to the fundamental problems of modern civilization, which were triggered by the process of industrialization and democratization. This resulted in two designs for modern lifestyles: Hoffmann wanted a comprehensive aestheticization of all areas of life, while Loos interpreted architecture and design not as a design task, but as a functional background for the development of individual personalities.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name (December 17, 2014–April 19, 2015) at the MAK.

Texts by Andrea Bocco Guarneri, Matthias Boeckl, Ruth Hanisch, Otto Kapfinger, Elisabeth Klamper, Friedrich Kurrent, Christopher Long, Andreas Nierhaus, Marco Pogacnik, Luka Skansi, Ernst Strouhal, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Andreas Vass, Bärbel Vischer, Hubert Weitensfelder and Christian Witt-Dörring.


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