Art to Hear: Joseph Maria Olbrich

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Art to Hear: Joseph Maria Olbrich

Ed. Ralf Beil, Regina Stephan, graphic design by KOMA AMOK, text(s) by Ulrich Maximilian Schumann


2010. 60 pp., 49 ills.

hardcover, with CD

22.30 x 22.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2551-4

The audio guide and the accompanying volume, illustrated in color throughout, present the spectacular life’s work of the architect Joseph Maria Olbrich (1867–1908), featuring roughly fifty examples of his oeuvre.

Joseph Maria Olbrich came to prominence swiftly with the Vienna Secession Building (1898), an early work of path-breaking importance that Nikolaus Pevsner has termed a “pioneer of modern design.” A decade later, Olbrich’s last works—in particular the famed exhibition building and Wedding Tower ensemble on the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt (1908)—traced the arc towards architectural Expressionism in a striking manner.

In between lay an exceedingly fruitful decade of work, in which Olbrich proved himself a universal artist. Devoted entirely to the concept of the total work of art, he designed—alongside a wide range of buildings—interior furnishings, gardens, a variety of practical and decorative objects, and graphic presentations. In several architecture exhibitions—including the world’s first-ever architecture exhibition, mounted at the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt in 1901—he achieved impressive ensembles that became influential in urban planning. While he lived, his comrades-in-arms and colleagues included Gustav Klimt, Hermann Bahr, and Peter Behrens, and after his death he remained an essential source of inspiration for architects like Bruno Taut, Erich Mendelsohn, and Le Corbusier.

A great figure of renewal in architecture and everyday design, Joseph Maria Olbrich left a fin-de-siècle legacy that reveals him to have been a decisive reformist artist in early modernism. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2550-7)

Exhibition schedule: Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, February 7–April 24, 2010 |Leopold Museum, Vienna, June 11–September 27, 2010

In conjunction with this exhibition a catalogue (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2549-1) is also available.

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