International star architect, sole Austrian winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, designer, artist, curator, exhibition organizer, theorist, educator, city planner, media visionary, cultural anthropologist: As a designer in the most comprehensive sense, Hans Hollein has given the term architecture a new dimension, while with his still relevant analysis of the man made space, turning a fundamental question into a visionary statement: What is design?.
The MAK exhibition HOLLEIN delves into his rich universe and undertakes a sweeping new contemplation of his entire body of work based to a large extent on materials from Hans Holleins archives that have never been shown in public, including working models, original drawings, objects, and items left over from exhibitions, sketches, notes, scratch paper, photographs, films, and much more. This solo exhibition conceived of by guest curator Wilfried Kuehn and MAK curator Marlies Wirth approaches Holleins work by thematic priorities rather than retrospectively or chronologically. In harmony with Holleins way of thinking, the exhibition does not separate architecture, design, and art, but contextualizes his complex oeuvre by providing analogies of sense and form along a parcours through the exhibition.
New photographs created especially for the MAK exhibition by contemporary artists Aglaia Konrad and Armin Linke open unfamiliar perspectives into Holleins architectural works. The MAK invited these two artists to photograph anew his innovative buildings from the last five decades. Prime examples of Holleins museums, such as the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach (1982), the Museum of Modern Art (MMK) in Frankfurt/Main (1991), the Tehran Museum of Glass and Ceramics (Iran, 1978), or Vulcania, a vulcanology museum in Saint Ours-les-Roches (France, 2002), are on display, as are Media Lines, the orientation and communications system he designed for the Olympic Games in Munich (1972), and also wellknown Hollein projects in Viennas inner city, among them the former candle shop Retti (today the site of the jeweler Y. Gadner) (1965), the boutique CM (1967), and the former jewelry store Schullin am Graben (1974). Displayed in various formats and sequences, the photographs of the two artists are complementary, and together, create a conceptual spatial collage.
Holleins visionary architectonic concept of the Kleeblattprinzip [Clover Leaf Principle], which he developed for his first museum project, the Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, has been implemented as the model for the architecture of the Hollein exhibition. The succession of rooms proceeds on the diagonal, whereby this diagonal arrangement of square rooms opens up completely new sightlines and cross-connections between the individual rooms and the works displayed therein. The typical symmetry of the MAK exhibit space is foregone in favor of conveying an exhibition experience that makes Holleins design principles palpable.
The MAK exhibition HOLLEIN (25 June to 5 October 2014) was prepared in collaboration with the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, where the exhibition HANS HOLLEIN: Everything is Architecture [Hans Hollein: Everything is Architecture] (13 April to 28 September 2014) is being mounted to offer another new view into Holleins body of work. The exhibition at the MAK will be accompanied by a publication, produced in cooperation with the Museum Abteiberg, focusing on the new photographic works by Aglaia Konrad and Armin Linke, which enable a new visual contemplation of Holleins architecture.
Guest Curator: Wilfried Kuehn, Kuehn Malvezzi Architects, Berlin Curator: Marlies Wirth, MAK Project manager, Archive Hans Hollein: Erich Pedevilla Exhibition design: Wilfried Kuehn (Kuehn Malvezzi Architects, Berlin, with Samuel Korn) and Michael Wallraff (Michael Wallraff ZT GmbH, Wien, with Rita Pirpamer and Klaus Stattmann)
Topic Areas The object as medium, exhibitions, archive, photography Aglaia Konrad/Armin Linke, display-architecture, city models, work and behavior - life and death - everday situations, art worlds, constructed landscapes
Publication HANS HOLLEIN, photographed by Aglaia Konrad and Armin Linke, Ed. Wilfried Kuehn, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Susanne Titz, Marlies Wirth, German/English, ca. 120 pages; MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Mousse Publishing, Milan, 2014. Available at the MAK Design Shop probably in September.
Curator Guided Tours
Thu, 18.9.2014, 5 p.m. with Wilfried Kuehn, Guest Curator, and Marlies Wirth, MAK Curator
June, July, August: each Saturday, 3 p.m.
in the context of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK Sat, 4.10.2014, 11 a.m. Curators Marlies Wirth and Wilfried Kuehn in dialog with Lilli Hollein, Director, VIENNA DESIGN WEEK Form does not follow function. Form does not just occur. It is a key decision made by mankind. Hans Hollein, Architektur, 1963