Exhibition

JOSEF HOFFMANN: Progress Through Beauty

Wed, 15.12.2021–Sun, 19.06.2022

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 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 a wealthy, bourgeois family 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

OPENING

Tue, 14.12.2021
7.00 pm
Please register (see below)
2G+ & FFP2 


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.

Experience Josef Hoffmann by listening!

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

Program (15 Events)

Sat, 18.12.2021 4.00 pm 5.00 pm

Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN

Progress Through Beauty
Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team

VISITING THE MUSEUM + GUIDED TOURS
2G (vaccinated or recovered)
A FFP2 mask must be worn during the entire visit to the museum.
 
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

1459977553881
Sun, 19.12.2021 2.00 pm 3.00 pm

Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN

Progress Through Beauty
Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team

VISITING THE MUSEUM + GUIDED TOURS
2G (vaccinated or recovered)
A FFP2 mask must be worn during the entire visit to the museum.
 
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

1459977553881
Tue, 21.12.2021 6.30 pm 7.30 pm

Curator's Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN

Progress Through Beauty
Curator's Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN
Guided Tour through the exhibition with Rainald Franz, Curator, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection

VISITING THE MUSEUM + GUIDED TOURS
2G (vaccinated or recovered)
A FFP2 mask must be worn during the entire visit to the museum.
 
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
 

 

1459977553881
Sat, 25.12.2021 4.00 pm 5.00 pm

Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN

Progress Through Beauty
Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team

VISITING THE MUSEUM + GUIDED TOURS
2G (vaccinated or recovered)
A FFP2 mask must be worn during the entire visit to the museum.
 
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

1459977553881
Sun, 26.12.2021 2.00 pm 3.00 pm

Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN

Progress Through Beauty
Guided Tour JOSEF HOFFMANN
Guided Tour through the exhibition with the MAK Educational Team

VISITING THE MUSEUM + GUIDED TOURS
2G (vaccinated or recovered)
A FFP2 mask must be worn during the entire visit to the museum.
 
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

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