Collection: Josef Hoffmann

Born 15 December 1870 Pirnitz (now Brtnice, Czech Republic), Austria-Hungary. Died 7 May 1956 Vienna, Austria. 1887–91 Attends the construction department of the Staatsgewerbeschule Brünn in Austria-Hungary (now Brno, Czech Republic), where Adolf Loos was also enrolled. 1892–95 Studies architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, enrolling in the master class taught by Otto Wagner in 1894. 1896–99 Assistant in Wagner’s architecture office. 1897 Becomes a member of the newly founded Vienna Secession. 1899–1936 Professor at the school of arts and crafts in Vienna, where he teaches in the departments of architecture, arts and crafts, metalwork, and enamelling. 1902 Travels on a study trip to England and Scotland, where he meets Charles R. Mackintosh. 1903 Founds Wiener Werkstätte with Koloman Moser and Fritz Waerndorfer.  Show more information

1904–11 Buildings and interiors with the Wiener Werkstätte include the Purkersdorf Sanatorium near Vienna, Palais Stoclet in Brussels, and the Cabaret Fledermaus in Vienna. 1905 Leaves the Secession together with Klimt and other artists  1908 Head planner for the Wiener Kunstschau. 1912 Co-founder of the Österreichischer Werkbund. 1914 Designs the Austria House for the Deutscher Werkbund exhibition in Cologne, Germany. 1923–25 First contracts for housing developments for the municipality of Vienna. 1925 Austrian pavilion at the World’s Fair in Paris. 1932 Four terraced houses for the Werkbundsiedlung in Vienna; the Wiener Werkstätte disbands. 1934 Austrian pavilion for the Venice Biennale. From 1938 Conversion of the German embassy in Vienna into the Haus der Wehrmacht. 1949–54 Housing developments for the municipality of Vienna.

Text: Anne-Katrin Rossberg

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