JOSEF HOFFMANN

Progress Through Beauty

Wed, 15.12.2021–Sun, 19.6.2022

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

THE EXHIBITION

With the to date most comprehensive retrospective of his entire oeuvre, the MAK is honoring the impressive work of architect, designer, teacher, and exhibition organizer Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956), one of the central figures of Viennese Modernism and the international Lebensreform (life reform) movement around 1900. To him, bringing beauty into his customers’ lives through design was equivalent to aesthetic and social progress.
 
In the course of the exhibition, already familiar works by Hoffmann were complemented by important objects from his 60-year creative work and consequently existing research gaps were closed. In 20 chapters with more than 1,000 exhibits, the show approaches Hoffmann’s monumental oeuvre, which covers all aspects of daily life like architecture, interior design, fashion, as well as practical objects. Originally from Brtnice, Czech Republic, Hoffmann lived to experience five different political periods, from the Habsburg monarchy to the Second Republic. He was co-founder of the Union of Austrian Artists – Secession, the Wiener Werkstätte, the German and Austrian Werkbund and knew how to convey his special taste and an aesthetic identity to his customers as well as generations of students at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. His pioneering spirit united an artistically ambitious architectural approach with a product culture shaped by craftsmanship.

Guest Curators: Matthias Boeckl, Christian Witt-Dörring
Curator: Rainald Franz, Curator, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection

Cooperation Partner

digi.STory JOSEF HOFFMANN

Josef Hoffmann’s long life spanned more than eight decades of which he spent at least six active as an artist. He lived and worked in five political systems and influenced hundreds of designers to the present day while always remaining true to his high creative standards. But who was this well-dressed man with a mustache and pince-nez?

The new digi.STORY provides insights into the multifaceted life of the architect and designer. 

The MAK.digiSTORY is part of the project ATCZ264 – JH Neu digital / JH Nově digitální and was cofinanced by EFRE funds from the European Union (INTERREG V-A Österreich – Tschechische Republik).

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EXPERIENCE JOSEF HOFFMANN BY LISTENING!

At guide.MAK.at you can find audios on the highlights of the exhibition for free and without download.

 

PUBLICATION
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication JOSEF HOFFMANN 1870–1956: Progress Through Beauty. The Guide to His Oeuvre, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Matthias Boeckl, Rainald Franz, and Christian Witt-Dörring, with contributions by Matthias Boeckl, Elisabeth Boeckl-Klamper, Rainald Franz, Anette Freytag, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Otto Kapfinger, Markus Kristan, Christopher Long, Klára Němečková, Andreas Nierhaus, Jan Norrman, Eva-Maria Orosz, Adrián Prieto Fernandez, Ursula Prokop, Lara Steinhäußer, Valerio Terraroli, Wolfgang Thillmann, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, and Christian Witt-Dörring. English, 448 pages with numerous color illustrations. MAK, Vienna/Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2021. Available at the MAK Design Shop and online at MAKdesignshop.at for € 69.95.

 

 

Program (21 Events)

Sun, 22.5.2022 2 pm 3 pm

Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN (in German)

Progress Through Beauty
Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN (in German)
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team
 
REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 
HEADPHONES
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible. 
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
Per person € 3,50 + admission to the museum 
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
 
LANGUAGE
German 
 

1459977553881
Sun, 22.5.2022 4 pm 5 pm

Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN (in German)

Progress Through Beauty
Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN (in German)
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team
 
REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 
HEADPHONES
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible. 
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
Per person € 3,50 + admission to the museum 
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
 
LANGUAGE
German 
 

1459977553881
Tue, 24.5.2022 6.30 pm 7.30 pm

Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN (in German)

Progress Through Beauty
Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN (in German)
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team
 
REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 
HEADPHONES
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible. 
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
Per person € 3,50 + admission to the museum 
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
 
LANGUAGE
German 
 

1459977553881
Sat, 28.5.2022 4 pm 5 pm

Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN (in German)

Progress Through Beauty
Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN (in German)
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team
 
REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 
HEADPHONES
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible. 
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
Per person € 3,50 + admission to the museum 
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
 
LANGUAGE
German 
 

1459977553881
Sun, 29.5.2022 2 pm 4 pm

Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN (in German)

Progress Through Beauty
Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN (in German)
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team
 
REGISTRATION
Limited number of participants: registration is necessary - either in advance or directly on site if the tour is not fully booked. 
 
HEADPHONES
The tour requires headphones. Please provide your own (3.5 mm standard connector) if possible. 
 
FEE FOR GUIDED TOUR 
Per person € 3,50 + admission to the museum 
 
MEETING PLACE
MAK Columned Main Hall
 
LANGUAGE
German 
 

1459977553881
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Media

Elevations of the dining room with Klimt’s frieze, Stoclet House, Brussels, 1914
© MAK
Josef Hoffmann, Table for Dr. Hermann Wittgenstein’s apartment, 1905
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Josef Hoffmann, Sanatorium Westend, Purkersdorf, façade, 1905
© Wolfgang Woessner/MAK
 
Josef Hoffmann, Dining hall of Sanatorium Westend, Purkersdorf, 1905
© MAK
 
Josef Hoffmann, Tea set for the Wiener Werkstätte, metal, 1903
© MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen
 
Josef Hoffmann, Entrance pavilion at the Vienna Kunstschau, 1908
© MAK
 
Josef Hoffmann, Belt buckle for the Wiener Werkstätte, execution: Karl Ponocny, silver, opal, malachite, coral, 1905
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Josef Hoffmann, Pendant for the Wiener Werkstätte, 1907
© MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen
 
Josef Hoffmann, Silver flatware for Fritz and Lili Waerndorfer, flat model, silver, Wiener Werkstätte, 1904–1908 
© Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK
 
Josef Hoffmann, Design for silver flatware for Fritz and Lili Waerndorfer, flat model, Wiener Werkstätte, 1904 
© MAK
 
Josef Hoffmann, Barroom at Cabaret Fledermaus, Vienna, 1907
© MAK
 
Josef Hoffmann, Fauteuil from Cabaret Fledermaus, chair, model no. 728, J. & J. Kohn, bentwood, 1907
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Josef Hoffmann, Centerpiece with two handles for the Wiener Werkstätte, brass, 1924
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Josef Hoffmann, Porcelain set “Melon” [Melon] for the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory, 1931
© MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen
 
Josef Hoffmann, Chair from the dining hall of Sanatorium Westend, Purkersdorf, J. & J. Kohn, wood, leather, 1904
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Josef Hoffmann, Table for the living room of Dr. Hans Salzer’s apartment, ca. 1902
© Wolfgang Woessner/MAK

Josef Hoffmann, Two stools from Koloman Moser’s studio furniture, 1898
© MAK/Georg Mayer

Josef Hoffmann, Atelier cabinet from Koloman Moser’s studio furniture, 1898
© MAK/Georg Mayer

Josef Hoffmann, Upholstered chair from the Boudoir d’une grande vedette [Boudoir for a Big Star], Paris World’s Fair, 1937
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Josef Hoffmann, Daybed from the Boudoir d’une grande vedette [Boudoir for a Big Star], Paris World’s Fair, 1937
© Nathan Murrell/MAK
 
Josef Hoffmann, Reconstruction of the Boudoir d’une grande vedette [Boudoir for a Big Star], Paris World’s Fair, 1937
© MAK

Josef Hoffmann, Basket with handles for the Wiener Werkstätte, latticework object, silver, 1906
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
Josef Hoffmann, Façade of Stoclet House, Brussels, 1914
© MAK
 
Josef Hoffmann, Vase from a dresser set for the Wiener Werkstätte, glass, bronzite, J. & L. Lobmeyr, 1913
© Peter Kainz/MAK
 
Josef Hoffmann, Wallpaper pattern for the Wiener Werkstätte, 1925
© MAK
 
Portrait of Josef Hoffmann, Vienna, after 1945
Photograph: Yoichi R. Okamoto 
© MAK
 
Josef Hoffmann, Wiener Werkstätte Postcard No. 75, Bar Room „CABARET FLEDERMAUS, WIEN, KÄRNTNERSTRASSE 33“, Vienna, 1907 
© MAK
 
MAK Exhibition View, 2021
JOSEF HOFFMANN: Progress Through Beauty 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
MAK Exhibition View, 2021
JOSEF HOFFMANN: Progress Through Beauty 
Reconstruction of the Boudoir d’une grande vedette [Boudoir for a Big Star]  
Paris World’s Fair, 1937 
Execution: Manfred Trummer, Johannes Ranacher, Glaserei Scharl, Johannes Falkeis, Marina Paric, Irina Huller, carpenter’s workshop  of the MAK, Vienna, 2014 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
MAK Exhibition View, 2021
JOSEF HOFFMANN: Progress Through Beauty 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
MAK Exhibition View, 2021
JOSEF HOFFMANN: Progress Through Beauty 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© MAK/Georg Mayer
 
MAK Exhibition View, 2021
JOSEF HOFFMANN: Progress Through Beauty 
MAK Exhibition Hall
© MAK/Georg Mayer