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Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann
[Josef Franz Maria Hoffmann]
* Pirnitz, Austro-Hungarian Empire [Österreichisch-Ungarische Monarchie], 15 December 1870
+ Vienna [Wien], Austria [Österreich], 7 May 1956
nationality: austrian
Josef Hoffmann Museum
náměstí Svobody 263
588 32 Brtnice - Czech Republic [Ceska Republika]
Tel: +420.724.543.722
1924 - 1925
Austria [Österreich] » Vienna [Wien]
1923 - 1925
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1922 - 1922
Germany [Deutschland] » Freudenthal
1909 - 1911
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1905 - 1911
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1906 - 1907
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1906 - 1907
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1905 - 1906
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1903 - 1906
Austria [Österreich] » Purkersdorf
1901 - 1902
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1900 - 1901
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Giovanni Fanelli, Ezio Godoli, Josef Hoffmann, Editori Laterza, 2005
Giuliano Gresleri (ed.), Josef Hoffmann, Zanichelli, Bologna 1989
Daniele Baroni, Antonio D'Auria, Josef Hoffmann e la Wiener Werkstätte, Electa Editrice, Milano 1981
Josef Hoffmann: Progress by Beauty, Vienna [Wien], MAK - Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst - Gegenwartskunst / Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, MAK Exhibition Hall, 10 december 2020 / 18 april 2021
15 Years of the Josef Hoffmann Museum, Brtnice (Czech Republic), Josef Hoffmann Museum, 18 may / 1 november 2020
Josef Hoffman - Otto Prutscher, Brtnice (Czech Republic), Josef Hoffmann Museum, 1 july / 18 april 2021

Josef Hoffman, Otto Prutscher, Brtnice, Czech Republic, Josef Hoffmann MuseumThe 2019 annual exhibition in the Josef Hoffmann Museum in Brtnice, a joint exhibition of the Moravian Gallery, Brno, and the MAK, Vienna, is dedicated to Josef Hoffmann’s (1870–1956) association with Otto Prutscher (1880–1949). Like Hoffmann an architect and designer, Prutscher was master of all materials used in the applied arts. He was an exhibition designer, a teacher, and a member of the most important reform movements in art from the Secession to the Wiener Werkstätte and the Werkbund. On the occasion of the 70th anni- versary of Otto Prutscher’s death this year, the exhibition highlights the importance of his work for the development of Viennese Modernism.

Josef Hoffman, Otto Prutscher, Brtnice, Czech Republic, Josef Hoffmann MuseumStarting in the 1980s—together with the protagonists of the “Vienna Style” around 1900— Otto Prutscher started to gain wider recognition. Similar to Josef Hoffmann, the first comprehensive studies of whose works appeared in Italy after the Second World War, in Otto Prutscher’s case it was the Italian architectural journal Metamorfosi that, in 1994, issued his “Unpublished works from archives in Como and Vienna”.

Ten years younger than Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos, Otto Prutscher belonged to the first generation of Vienna Arts and Crafts School students to benefit from the curricular reforms directed by Felician von Mayrbach and from the teaching of young professors such as Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. Prutscher mastered a range of materials in his father’s cabinetmaking workshop, as well as as in bricklaying and carpentry apprenticeships, completed in the summer vacations.

After his acceptance at the the Vienna Arts and Crafts School in 1897, Prutscher took a course with Willibald Schulmeister in ornamental drawing, and later for two semesters a specialist class in architecture with Josef Hoffmann. The training he received from the secessionist architect Hoffmann and the premodern painter Matsch was to leave its mark on Prutscher’s designs and completed works—in terms of both the graphic quality of his designs and his orientation towards current trends in architecture. From 1907 Prutscher began to work for the Wiener Werkstätte, and from 1909 he taught, like Hoffmann, at the Arts and Crafts School.

Hoffmann worked with Prutscher for decades on projects such as the Vienna Kunstschau of 1908 and the Cologne Werkbund exhibition of 1914, sharing with him an unbounded creative drive. Today Prutscher’s recorded oeuvre includes over 50 buildings (villas, apartment houses, and portals), nearly 50 exhibitions organized and designed alone or with others, some 170 installations, over 300 designs for installations, and over 200 suites and individual pieces of furniture.

Prutscher’s designs were implemented by more than 200 enterprises, principally the Wiener Werkstätte but also important manufactories such as Backhausen, Klinkosch, Augarten, Meyr’s Neffe, Schappel and Melzer & Neuhardt, and the Deutsche Werkstätten in Dresden. In addition he was artistic advisor to Thonet, Loetz Witwe, and Wienerberger. Twenty years after the first monograph on and exhibition of his work (Otto Prutscher. 1880–1949. Architektur, Interieur, Design [Otto Perutscher, 1880–1949: Architecture, Interior, Design], University of Applied Arts Vienna, 1997), the exhibition JOSEF HOFFMANN – OTTO PRUTSCHER discusses Prutscher’s complex achievement against the background of Hoffmann’s oeuvre. Both spatially and thematically, it is a continuation of the permanent exhibition JOSEF HOFFMANN: Inspirations, that since 2009 has been tracing the roots Hoffmann’s artistic inspiration in his birthplace Brtnice. Starting on 20 November 2019, the MAK will be presenting a comprehensive solo exhibition: OTTO PRUTSCHER. Allgestalter der Wiener Moderne [Otto Prutscher: Universal Designer of Viennese Modernism].
Josef Hoffmann - Otto Wagner. On the Use and Effect of Architecture, Brtnice (Czech Republic), Josef Hoffmann Museum, 24 may 2017 / 6 may 2018
The private Josef Hoffmann, Brtnice (Czech Republic), Josef Hoffmann Museum, 2 june / 1 november 2015
Wege der Moderne. Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos und die Folgen / Ways to Modernism. Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos and Their Impact, Vienna [Wien], MAK - Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst - Gegenwartskunst / Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, 17 december 2014 / 19 april 2015
Ornament and Modernity. Josef Hoffmann 1870-1956. Architect and Designer, Brtnice (Czech Republic), Josef Hoffmann Museum, 27 june/26 october 2008
Josef Hoffmann - Donald Judd. Hypothesis, Brtnice (Czech Republic), Josef Hoffmann Museum, 4 june/26 october 2008
Josef Hoffmann-Adolf Loos, Brtnice (Czech Republic), Josef Hoffmann Museum, 6 june/28 october 2007
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