RMAH dedicates exhibition to Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann
18 January 2024 - 14 April 2024
We know Austrian Joseff Hoffmann mainly for the Stoclet Palace in Brussels, a Unesco World Heritage Site. But he was so much more. The Royal Museums of Art and History (KMKG) zooms in on this pivotal figure of Viennese modern design.
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Joseff Hoffmann. Under the spell of beauty is the first exhibition in Belgium on this artistic all-rounder (1870-1956). For him, fine and applied arts were intertwined. In his famous Wiener Werkstätte, literally the Vienna workshops he founded in 1903, art and craftsmanship went hand in hand. His aim was to create a total work of art that brought together all kinds of disciplines. Architecture, of course, but also interior care with everything that went with it: furniture, carpets, murals, mosaics, even the frames and pedestals for paintings through to utensils such as book bindings, tableware, tea sets, jugs, glasses and vases received ample attention in his creations.
At the Brussels retrospective, the leading architect and innovative designer comes to life through famous works, rare pieces from private collections and biographical details. You will also learn how he inspired several generations of students. Each section of the exhibition is built around one or more models that refer to the various manifestations of his artistic production.
Stoclet is not open to the public, but you can still go and admire the expo until 14 April 2024.