04 January 2019


Josef Frank

Designmuseo, Helsinki

– 17 March 2018



A retrospective exhibition at the Design Museum in Helsinki looks back at the work of the designer and architect Josef Frank (1885–1967). Frank began his career as a modernist, but later particularly focused on aspects such as chance, historical impulses, and elements from different cultures.


After Frank had studied and received his doctorate in Vienna, taught at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts and co-founded the Vienna Werkbund, he fled from the National Socialists to Sweden. There he became famous for his furniture and textile designs for Svenskt Tenn, among others. His aim was to use design, architecture, and urban planning to exert a positive influence on people’s lives. Against this background, the current exhibition especially illustrates the flexible and free conception in the designer’s work and tries to follow his principles and visions with a range of exhibits.

The exhibition was produced by the MAK in Viennaand provides the greatest insight into the work of Josef Frank to date. The exhibits come from various collections in Sweden and Austria. The exhibition has been curated by the architect Hermann Czech and the curator Sebastian Hackenschmidt.


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