Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands
A season of events at RIBA celebrating the work and legacy of early Modernist architect Adolf Loos, exploring his influence on architecture and design in a series of interlinked exhibitions, displays and talks.
The Czech Centre, ACF and the Royal Institute of British Architects Trust are pleased to present an exhibition on Adolf Loos's work in his Moravian birthplace of Brno, as well as in the Bohemian cities of Pilsen and Prague. Here Loos mainly worked on domestic projects and the exhibition will focus on his houses, such as the Villa Müller (1928-30), other private houses and apartments. The exhibition, originated by the City of Prague Museum, will also highlight the rich interiors of his buildings and will feature drawings, models, original furniture and glass, never before seen in Britain.
The exhibition will be extended by wholly unknown material from the collections of the Royal Institute of British Architects whose Library helped save the Adolf Loos Archive, now in the Albertina, brought to London in 1938 by Looss literary executor, the Austrian art historian Ludwig Münz, during the War. A special display of RIBA – held photographs of Looss buildings in Austria and France as well as Loos polemical books and documents will be available to view in the RIBA British Architectural Library.
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EXHIBITIONS & DISPLAYS
LEARNING TO DWELL: ADOLF LOOS IN THE CZECH LANDS
24 Feb – 3 May / Gallery 1
An exhibition of work by Adolf Loos in the Czech lands, with a focus on residential projects such as the iconic Villa Müller, as well as a number of apartments and interiors which Loos used to exhort his clients to 'learn to dwell'.
SAVING LOOS: THE UNKNOWN LEGACY OF THE BRITISH ARCHITECTURAL LIBRARY
24 Feb – 3 May / Gallery 2
A display of previously unknown material from RIBA, whose Library helped to save the Adolf Loos Archive during the Second World War.
RESTORATION OF THE VILLA MÜLLER AND HIRSH APARTMENT
24 Feb – 3 May /Gallery 2 and Stairs
A photographic account of the reconstruction of these two iconic modern buildings.
ADOLF LOOS: THE PLAN IN SPACE
24 Feb – 3 May / Library
Photographs and documents examining Loos's buildings and projects in Austria, France, Switzerland and America.
Open Tue, Wed, Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 1.30 pm
Access to all exhibitions is free.
Galleries open Mon – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm unless otherwise stated
25 Feb, 1 pm & 5 Apr, 6.30 pm / Gallery 1
Tours of the exhibition given by exhibition curators Irena Murray and Maria Szadkowska.
8 Mar, 6.30 pm / Education Room / Talk
Christopher Long, historian of Central European architecture and design from the University of Texas, gives a presentation on Loos's work, with a particular focus on the famous Looshaus in Vienna.
GREAT ARCHITECTS: ADOLF LOOS
29 Mar, 6.30 pm / Jarvis Auditorium / Talk
Join us for a discussion on the work and legacy of Adolf Loos with a panel including Eva Jiricna, Irena Murray, Ivan Margolius & Dalibor Vesely.
RE-IMAGINING THE AMERICAN BAR
29 Mar, 2 pm / Education Room / Student workshop
Students are invited to join Mary Costello, University of Plymouth, as she discusses Loos's iconic Kartner Bar as a symbol of the architect, his theories and practice.
Events are free unless otherwise stated. Advanced booking essential.
For further information and booking details and admission policy please visit www.architecture.com/adolfloos or contact the RIBA on 020 7580 5533.
The exhibition is organised by the City of Prague Museum, in partnership with the RIBA, and is generously supported by the Czech Centre London, the Austrian Cultural Forum London and Techo. Additional displays and the talks programme have been prepared and organised by the RIBA.
Thanks to Lady Grenfell-Baines for her support of the exhibition.
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