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MAK in Vienna plans major show on architect Hans Hollein

The Tehran Museum of Glass and Ceramics, by Hans Hollein.
(MAK Vienna)
Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic

What had been planned by the MAK in Vienna as a major retrospective of Austrian architect Hans Hollein will now also serve as a posthumous tribute. Hollein died last week, less than a month after celebrating his 80th birthday.

Curated by Wilfried Kuhn and Marlies Wirth and entitled simply “Hollein,” the exhibition will run June 25 through Oct. 5. It is being organized in cooperation with the Museum Abteiberg in the German city of Mönchengladbach, which was designed by Hollein and has already opened a show on Hollein’s architecture running through the end of summer.

The MAK exhibition will consider the full range of Hollein’s diverse output, which in addition to buildings included furniture, tableware, the design of museum exhibitions and photo montages and other artwork. Hollein helped usher in postmodern architecture in the 1970s and remains the only Austrian architect to win the Pritzker Prize, the field’s top honor.

The MAK -- Museum of Applied Arts -- also operates the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the R.M. Schindler House on King’s Road in West Hollywood. No word yet on plans to bring the exhibition to Southern California.



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