2 June to 1 November 2015

Josef Hoffmann Museum Brtnice*
Svobody 263
58832 Brtnice, CZ
* A joint branch of the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the MAK, Vienna
images © Moravská galerie v Brn, 2015

„The exhibition THE PRIVATE JOSEF HOFFMANN: Apartment Tours at the Josef Hoffmann Museum, Brtnice, offers intimate insights into the interiors in which the popular architect and designer actually lived. In this their tenth shared exhibition devoted to Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956), the Moravian Gallery and the MAK are showcasing hitherto unexhibited objects and little-known photographs from the personal estate of this prime architect of Viennese Modernism and long-time teacher at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. The exhibits reveal the style in which Hoffmann lived his private life, thus creating a very personal portrait of an artist at once exceptionally talented and highly reclusive. The exhibition also presents contemporary design positions in the form of object interventions that deliberately reflect Hoffmann’s style and the traditional canon of forms of the Wiener Werkstätte in order to achieve new interpretations—or “updates”—of established classics. […] That Hoffmann’s ideas on house and home still have the power to inspire today is shown by objects and interventions by contemporary designers reacting to Hoffmann’s style. The creations of Hanna Kru?ger and Heath Nash are strikingly successful condensations and bold developments of the design features and esthetic typical of the Wiener Werkstätte. The designer Hanna Krüger (* 1979) lives in Berlin and was the first recipient of the Nespresso Design Scholarship in Austria. In the process of her artistic research in the Archive of the MAK Collections she made a close study of design drawings by Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte. With her objects she questions the principle of authorship in these days of “creative commons”. […]“Press release MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art



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