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Barcelona shows the private spaces of Adolf Loos


Barcelona’s Design Museum, the Museu del Disseny, dedicated a major exhibition to Adolf Loos (1870-1933), a pioneer of the Modern Movement and considered one of the most influential architects and theoreticians of the 20th century.

The show, the first of such characteristics to be staged in Spain on the Viennese author, brought together more than 120 pieces of furniture designed or selected by Loos between 1899 and 1931 for his interior spaces. This furniture was complemented with documentary material such as photographs from that era, lithographs, architectural project plans, maquettes of completed works and unfinished projects.

Curated by Pilar Parcerisas, “Adolf Loos – Private Spaces” centered on the spaces and settings created by the architect for the human being’s intimate sphere and highlighted his legacy to a new culture of privacy. Loos’ transgressive career, from his break with the Vienna Secession to his contribution to housing proposing economy in architectural construction and design, was shown in context in the exhibition through an analysis of the architectural, philosophical and literary currents that prevailed in one of the most influential cities in European culture in the early decades of the 20th century.

The exhibition was a coproduction of Barcelona’s Museu del Disseny and the Social Projects body of “La Caixa”. The works were on loan from the following institutions: The Albertina Museum (Vienna), Wien Museum, Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität of Munich, Julius Hummel Collection (Vienna), Markus Kristan Collection (Vienna), Ernst Poil Collection (Vienna), J. & L. Lobmeyr (Vienna), CCCB (Barcelona) and a private collection in the United Kingdom.


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