[Exhibition] “Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” at Slovak National Gallery

January 25, 2018

The exhibition remembers the work of Friedrich Weinwurm (1885 – 1942), the most significant representative of architectural avantgarde in Slovakia. Through the documentation of both realised and unrealised architectural works, it will bring us closer to the architect’s idea of “respectable architectural art for the period.”

 

"Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path" © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

 

It refers to his main architectural focus: form, operational and spatial relations but also the structural and technical side of architecture. It will introduce the personality of this left-wing intellectual and his ability to interpret the social role of architecture, which is the solution to the housing issue and other topics connected to it as well as the role of individual and the family in the modern society, collectivism, urban planning, industrialisation, and standardisation. He applied these themes mainly during the Unitas and New Age projects. In his declaration “Where does the new path go?” from 1931, he did not focus on the formal, structural and spatial side of architecture, but he touched on solely social aspects of architecture.


 

Practical information

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path”
25 January — 20 May, 2018
Slovak National Gallery
Esterházyho palác, 2nd floor, Bratislava
Slovakia

 


The exhibition introduces the visitor to ideas and expressive concepts of Weinwurm’s work and indirectly asks the question of what direction took the Slovak architecture after the tragic historical events and social changes of the Second World War. Curators: Denis Haberland, Henrieta Moravčíková.

 

"Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path" © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

"Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path" © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

 

The present work introduce the first complete picture of the life and work of architect Friedrich Weinwurm (1885 – 1942), one of the most important representatives of the New Objectivity in Slovakia and definitely among the most important 20th – century architects in Central Europe. On the basis of several years of research in public and private archives, an interpretation is presented of the architects oeuvre, with previously unknown facts related to his work explained.

 

"Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path" © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

"Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path" © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

 

At the same time a comparision is made between Weinwurm work and its contemporary efforts on both the local and international levels, as well as its integration into the context of the domestic and broader European architectural situation.

 

"Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path" © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

"Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path" © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

"Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path" © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

 

Further presenting the architects work is a rich array of historic visual materials, photographs, plans, archival documents and the current photographs by Olja Triaška Stefanovic. Book was awared by several prices and by DAM ARCHITECTURAL BOOK AWARD, Prize winners, Frankfurt


 

News source: Slovak National Gallery
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