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 borna Baroque town house in the main square of the townas 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 Hoffmanns 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.
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
Published for the exhibition of the same title (220.127.116.11.2005) German/English 116 pages, full colored illustrations 21 x 29,8 cm, paperback MAK, Vienna / Hatje Cantz Verlag Publishers, Ostfildern-Ruit,-Ruit 2005
The Historicism and Art Nouveau Collection on permanent display includes an overview of a hundred years of Thonet furniture production. These and other timeless items of bent wood furniture manifest a creative approach that ingeniously exploits the properties of the material and points to new ways ahead for seating furniture.