Die 387 Häuser des Peter Fritz, Versicherungsbeamter in Wien

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Die 387 Häuser des Peter Fritz, Versicherungsbeamter in Wien

Text(s) by Friedrich Achleitner, Walter Grasskamp, Burkhard Spinnen, Philip Ursprung, Wilfried Wang, Heinrich Wefing u.a., Christoph Doswald, Wolfgang Kos, by Oliver Croy, Oliver Elser, ed. Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Wien, Franz Grieshofer

German, English

2001. 480 pp., 1241 ills.


20.90 x 14.90 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-1031-2

What to do with 387 small architectural models discovered in a junk shop - all of them neatly wrapped in rubbish bags? The artist Oliver Croy was initially attracted by their skilful workmanship: made from wallpaper scraps, matchboxes, textured paper and adhesive foil, the unknown craftsman had created veritable architectural gems. Croy found out that the models were part of the estate of the Viennese insurance clerk Peter Fritz, who seemed to have designed them without using prototypes. They look more real than any model, quite apparently a reduction of what may be seen in everyday architecture: strange additions, billboards, all very colorful and angular. Croy stopped asking himself what to do with his discovery and, together with the architecture critic Oliver Elser, successfully presented them in exhibitions. In the meantime, there have been talks about realizing the most spectacular pieces. This book, with articles by renowned authors, features color photographs of every piece, intending to be of valuable help to potential developers and architects. Exhibition Schedule: Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Wien 19.1.-18.3.2001, Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt am Main 6.5.-14.6.2001

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