Loos expert Yehuda E. Safran has developed the exhibition LOOS. Our Contemporary originally for the CAAA Guimarães, Portugal. Based on the example of the oeuvres of architects such as Le Corbusier, Hermann
Czech, José Paulo Dos Santos, Eileen Gray, Herzog & De Meuron, Frederick Kiesler, Rem Koolhaas, Richard Neutra, Aldo Rossi,
Rudolph M. Schindler, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and others, the show documents the influence of Loos
writings and projects on the building culture of the past one hundred yearsand examines the eternal efforts to create
a balance between inner and outer worlds on the basis of designs, models, furniture, photos and publications as well as interviews.
Contemporary Viennese takes on Loos in the form of works by artists and architects such as Heinz Frank, Karl-Heinz Klopf and
Hubmann/Vass Architects will likewise round out this exhibitions Viennese presentation, as will a retrospective on major
Loos presentations and Loos-related research in Vienna.
A cooperation of Columbia University, New York and MAK, Vienna
Guest curator Yehuda Safran,architectural theorist, professor at Columbia University, New York Curator Rainald Franz, Curator, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection
The exhibition is accompanied by the journal Adolf Loos: Our Contemporary / Unser Zeitgenosse / Nosso Contemporâneo, edited by Yehuda E. Safran, issue of the Potlatch magazine, no. 3, fall 2012, New York. Available at the MAK Design Shop
Co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund.
The circa 1,500 works, work groups and bundles of documentation contained in this collection encompass the areas of fine art
and architecture: from avant-garde movements of the 1920s to current artistic stances, the holdings encompass works in various
media such as drawing, painting, photography video and film, as well as objects, sculptures, installations, environments and
architecture-related contributions including designs, models and animations.
The MAK Library and Works on Paper Collection is one of the largest and oldest museum libraries with a focus on applied art.
Alongside classic library functions, the collection is also devoted to artistic aspects of the pictorial in all possible variants
as well as to the initiation of a reappraisal of art production manifested in paper form.