Kollegialität und Kontroverse
Brtnice, Czech Republic
– 26 October 2014
Josef Hoffmann studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and after his graduation in 1896 was a pupil of Otto Wagner in his studio. The Josef Hoffmann Museum, his parents’ former home and later the architect’s summer home, presents the life and work of the man and his fellow student colleagues, Joseph Maria Olbrich and Leopold Bauer, who were influenced by Otto Wagner’s school, in the context of Moravian modernism.
The things that the three architects had in common were that they all came from Moravia, were Wagner’s pupils and had a crucial influence on Viennese architecture. However, they had controversial attitudes towards their mentor and developed their own approaches to designing buildings and furniture. Whilst Hoffmann remained a loyal follower of Wagner and built Vienna’s Secession building with him, Bauer distanced himself from his teacher and entered into direct competition with Hoffmann in various building projects, and Olbrich withdrew and was appointed to build the Mathildenhöhe artists’ colony in Darmstadt.
The Josef Hoffmann Museum has been managed since 2006 by the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the MAK, Vienna.