Otto Wagner. Vienna - Architecture Around 1900

20.10.2000 - 03.12.2000

Otto Wagner – a celebrated Austrian architect at the turn of the centuries. Working in Vienna mostly, his architecture became a symbol of the Austrian metropolis around 1900. He was a designer of such renowned buildings as the pavilions of the Vienna City Railway, Postal Office Savings Bank building, the Steinhof church or the Majolica House. He claimed that “to every age its art, to every art its freedom”. The effect of the Wagner’s work on the 20th century architects can by no means be exaggerated. Recognised as one of the fathers of Modernism, Wagner’s influence can also be observed in the Polish architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Otto Wagner. Vienna - Architekcture - 1900

collective work

The publication comprises essays written by U. Prokop, P. Hajko and R. Kassal?Mikula, experts in the epoch and the output of Otto Wagner. The authors not only present the richness of the great architect's works, but also give a good picture of Vienna at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, a city where civilisational conflicts and problems of large-scale urbanisation carried exceptional weight at the time. Wagner's innovative designs such as the Vienna city railway pavilions, the Vienna Savings Bank, the church at Steinhoff or Majolikahaus have been presented against the background. What attracts our attention in Wagner's works are: the primacy of function over form, utilitarianism, technology as an art, the use of new materials, and economy of design. The book also comprises Wagner's biography, a list of projects and buildings accomplished, and a comprehensive catalogue.

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