[Exhibition] “Roland Rainer. (Un)­Disputed. New Findings on the Work (1936–1963)” at Architekturzentrum Wien

At least since the study commissioned by the City of Vienna of person-related street signs, where Roland-Rainer-Platz is categorised as “a case requiring discussion”, issues have arisen around the gaps the architect himself left in his biography during the Nazi period.

 

Roland Rainer (Un)Disputed: Roland Rainer, Stadthalle Wien, 1953–1958, 1150 Vienna  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Roland Rainer (Un)Disputed: Roland Rainer, Stadthalle Wien, 1953–1958, 1150 Vienna Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

 

Roland Rainer (1910–2004) numbers among the most notable Austrian architects of the 20th century. His buildings are key to the identity of modern democratic Austria. Rainer’s housing estate concept for the “structured and dispersed city”, realised in parts at Am Mauerberg in Vienna (1962–1963) and in Puchenau near Linz (from 1963), is still considered an important model of space-saving housing.


 

Practical Information

“Roland Rainer. (Un)­Disputed. New Findings on the Work (1936–1963)” 
October 20  – December 10, 2018
Architekturzentrum Wien
Museumsplatz 1, Vienna
Austria

 


During the Nazi period, Rainer acquired his knowledge of fundamental urban research at the Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau, Reichs- und Landesplanung, which served him after 1945 as the basis for a series of theoretical publications. The continuity of the concepts in Rainer’s work and his professional career suggest flexibility in adapting to different political systems. However, the Nazi years have been omitted from publications and essays by and about Rainer to date.

 

Roland Rainer, Carl Auböck: prefabricated housing estate Veitingergasse, Vienna 13, AT, 1953  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Friedrich Achleitner

Roland Rainer, Carl Auböck: prefabricated housing estate Veitingergasse, Vienna 13, AT, 1953 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Friedrich Achleitner

Roland Rainer: Housing estate Ternitz, Lower Austria, AT, 1956–1960  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Roland Rainer: Housing estate Ternitz, Lower Austria, AT, 1956–1960 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

 

The acquisition of his estate by the Az W Collection in 2015 has provided an opportunity to re-examine his oeuvre and his biography. In cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, SammlungsLab #3 presents, and opens to discussion, the initial findings of extensive architectural research undertaken in Austria and abroad. Curators: Ingrid Holzschuh, Monika Platzer, Waltraud Indrist. Design/graphic design: Waltraud Indrist

 

Roland Rainer: Competition entry „Hamburger Reichsautobahn“ (1. Prize), 1936  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Roland Rainer: Competition entry „Hamburger Reichsautobahn“ (1. Prize), 1936 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Roland Rainer: Werksiedlung Mannersdorf, Lower Austria, AT, 1952–1953  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Roland Rainer: Werksiedlung Mannersdorf, Lower Austria, AT, 1952–1953 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Roland Rainer: Stadthalle Wien, Vienna 15, AT, 1954–1958  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Margherita Spiluttini

Roland Rainer: Stadthalle Wien, Vienna 15, AT, 1954–1958 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Margherita Spiluttini

Roland Rainer, Carl Auböck: prefabricated housing estate Veitingergasse, Vienna 13, AT, 1953  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Roland Rainer, Carl Auböck: prefabricated housing estate Veitingergasse, Vienna 13, AT, 1953 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Roland Rainer: Garden city Puchenau, Upper Austria, AT, 1965–1967  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Roland Rainer

Roland Rainer: Garden city Puchenau, Upper Austria, AT, 1965–1967 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Roland Rainer

Roland Rainer: Housing estate Ternitz, Lower Austria, AT, 1956–1960  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Roland Rainer: Housing estate Ternitz, Lower Austria, AT, 1956–1960 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection


 

News source: Architekturzentrum Wien
Subscribe here to get weekly updates about architecture events and exhibitions.