Josef Hoffmann Museum

Brtnice, Czech Republic
Since 2005, the house in Brtnice, Czech Republic where Josef Hoffmann was born has been playing host to temporary exhibitions featuring themes related to Hoffman and his circle with the aim of keeping the life and work of this pioneering Austrian architect alive in the public consciousness.
A joint branch of the Moravian Gallery in Brno and MAK Vienna.

Born in Brtnice/Pirnitz, Moravia, in 1870, Josef Hoffmann remained attached to the place of his birth until after World War II. After his parents died in 1907, he refurnished the building in which he had been born—a Baroque town house in the main square of the town—as a summer residence for himself and his sisters. The changes comprised a rearrangement of his parents’ surviving late-Biedermeier household goods and template-based wall decorations as well as wooden décor and furniture additions after Hoffmann’s designs for the Wiener Werkstätte. When refurbishing the house, the architect used his parents’ home as an experimental arena for his design ideas. In 1911, Hoffmann dedicated a contribution to the magazine Das Interieur to his parental home.

After the house had been confiscated in 1945, it was used by the local authorities, ultimately as the town library. After the MAK exhibition Der barocke Hoffmann (Hoffmann as a Baroque Artist, 1992), which presented designs and objects by Josef Hoffmann in the Czech Republic again for the first time, plans for the restoration of the building were made which encompassed the reconstruction of the wall decorations. Since the completion of restoration work in 2004, the interiors of the Muzeum Rodný dům Josefa Hoffmanna have conveyed an idea of the spatial effect Josef Hoffmann desired and of his definition of a modern native style informed by the import of the Wiener Werkstätte, on which he had a decisive influence.

The Josef Hoffmann Museum, situated in the house where the artist was born, is located in Brtnice, Czech Republic and has been run as a joint branch by the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the MAK in Vienna since 2006.

Josef Hoffmann Museum

náměstí Svobody 263
588 32 Brtnice
Czech Republic
T +420 724 543 722

Opening Hours

Sat–Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tue–Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tue–Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Last at 4 p.m.


CZK 40 / reduced CZK 20

Contact MAK

Rainald Franz
T + 43 1 711 36-220

A joint branch of the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the MAK, Vienna.

How to get there from Vienna

Take the “Donauufer” highway A22/E49/E59 and continue on the B303 towards Hollabrunn/Znojmo/Prague, pass Hollabrunn and continue to the border crossing Kleinhaugsdorf/Znojmo; in Czechia, take the 38/E59 via Znojmo and Moravske Budejovice to Stonarov where you turn off onto the 402; continue for three kilometers before turning off onto the 403; you will reach the center of Brtnice after 4 kilometers.




JOSEF HOFFMANN - Autobiography

144 pages
16,5 x 23,5 cm, paperback
German/English edition:
MAK Vienna/ Mährische Galerie Brno/ Hatje Cantz Verlag Ostfildern-Ruit, 2009
Czech/German edition:
MAK Vienna/ Mährische Galerie Brno 2009



JOSEF HOFFMANN: Inspirations

Permanent exhitibition since June 16, 2009
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Architekturführer/ Architektonický pruvodce/ Architecture Guide
200 pages, ca. 270 illustrations
12,50 × 24 cm, paperback
MAK Vienna / Moravská galerie in Brno / Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2010



Josef Hoffmann – Friedrich Kiesler

Contemporary Art Applied
Tue, 28.05.2013–Sun, 27.10.2013

Josef Hoffmann Museum, Brtnice, Czech Republic

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Drawing the Line
Wed, 01.07.2015–Sun, 11.10.2015

MAK Works on Paper Room

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Ways to Modernism. Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos and Their Impact

Published for the exhibition of the same title (17.12.2014–19.04.2015).
336 pages, numerous coloured illustrations, 21,2 x 27 cm, paperback.
MAK Vienna / Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2015

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Space and the Line
Published for the exhibition of the same title, at Rathaus Galerie Balingen, germany (10.7.–26.9.2010)
96 pages, 72 table of colors and 9 color illustrations
22 x 26 cm, paperback
Stadthalle Balingen / Hirmer Verlag München 2010

MAK Reading Room

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