Review of ‘Ways to Modernism: Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and Their Impact’ at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts

March 17, 2015 9:23 PM

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Review of ‘Ways to Modernism: Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and Their Impact’ at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts

Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos, the two most important architects in turn-of-the-century Vienna, were born five days apart in 1870, a few dozen miles from each other in Moravia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and now in the Czech Republic.

Their friendship, rivalry and divergent philosophies of Modernism are explored in a riveting new exhibit at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK). “Ways to Modernism: Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and Their Impact,” on view until April 19, examines their contrasting attitudes toward individual exp...

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