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HOLLEIN CALLING. Architektonische Dialoge

Category: Exhibition 23. October 2023

In the rich and manifold oeuvre of world-renowned Austrian architect Hans Hollein (1934-2014), there is still much new to discover, as the exhibition "Hollein Calling. Architectural Dialogues" demonstrates, now on view at the Architekturzentrum Wien, ten years after his death.
In the exhibition, curated by Theresa Krenn, Lorenzo De Chiffre and Benni Eder, works by Hans Hollein meet today's buildings and projects by 15 younger European architectural firms. On fifteen "dialogue tables" - large, silver lacquered tables - models, photos and plans from the Hollein archive enter into a creative dialogue with the newer positions, which can sometimes be quite controversial.
The tables are supplemented by large-format photographs, each presenting a work by one of the 15 dialogue partners, accompanied by text panels with key terms. Hans Hollein, probably the country's best-known architect, is the only Austrian to have won the Pritzker Prize - the world's most important architecture award.
The 15 Hollein projects show a large time span and range, beginning in 1966 with the first work, the Viennese candle store "Retti" until 2002, when the museum "Vulcania" (France) was completed. In cooperation with the MAK, the Az W has had the Hollein estate since 2016, and is constantly working it up. It comprises 450 projects, hundreds of models, documents and tens of thousands of photographs. In the show, key projects are presented with new, previously unpublished material. The perspectives of the contemporary dialogue partners also open up new connections, insights, and approaches to Hollein's work; from enthusiasm to critical distance, exciting perspectives emerge in each case.
The curators make no claim to completeness, but rather focus on the process of thinking and designing and the development and creation of architecture - with Hans Hollein as the "vehicle”. (written by Cem Angeli)

The contributions to the Architecture Dialogue are from:
Almannai Fischer, Baukuh, Bovenbouw, Claudia Cavallar, Asli Çiçek, Conen Sigl, Doorzon, Expanded Design, Martin Feiersinger, David Kohn, Kuehn Malvezzi, Lütjens Padmanabhan, Manthey Kula, Monadnock, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen.

The exhibition will be on view until February 12, 2024. Curator tours will take place at 5:30 p.m. on November 7 and December 5.

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