Adolf Loos, Our Contemporary. The House at the Michaelerplatz in Vienna
The exhibition celebrates the centenary of the Looshaus in Vienna and the publication of Adolf Loos’ most provocative theoretical text: "Ornament and Crime". Its primary aim is to map some
significant reactions to Loos, both among his closest followers, like Paul Engelmann, and more distant admirers such as Ernesto Nathan Rogers and Aldo Rossi.
The exhibition is structured in two sections:
The first section centres around a series of interviews with major contemporary figures on the international scene including Hans Hollein, Hermann Czech, AlvaroSiza, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Jacques Herzog, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, ToyoIto, David Adjaye, Steven Holl, and Preston Scott Cohen. From the moment of its appearance Loos' cultural criticism never failed to elicit controversy and outrage. Couched in the language of his day, it reads as a polemic from another era that nonetheless continues to hold its own. One of the chief objectives of the exhibition is to capture the uncanny sense of contemporaneity that Loos exerts, often in the most unobtrusive ways.
The second section anaylses what is considered the masterpiece of Loos, the house on the Michaelerplatz in Vienna, that he constructed in 1909 for the Tailoring Workshop of Goldman & Salatsch. The analysis of the building is accompanied by a rich documentation that allows us to reconstruct the salient phases of the project: the relationship
with the Urban Planning Office, the other options studied by Loos in the light of the patrons’ different requests, the proposal presented for the Building Permission, the construction site designs and finally, the drawings that allow us to reconstruct in an integral manner the story of the solution for the façade that at the time unleashed a violent Press campaign against Loos’ project.
Admission from Correr Musem (Piazza San Marco, Ala Napoleonica) with the St. Mark’sSquare Museum Ticket (A single ticket valid for the Doge’s Palace and the combined itinerary of Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.)
Opening Hours: 10.00 am – 7.00 pm (ticketoffice 10.00 am – 6.00 pm)