Adolf Loos, Otto Wagner
and Josef Frank all created models for Thonet.
With a vintage-inspired bar in lieu of reception or concierge, the funky boutique hotel Ruby Lissi lives up to its 'lean luxury' motto, offering uncluttered rooms from EUR77 in the heart of the city, just around the corner from Otto Wagner
's striking Postal Savings Bank.
Right: Page detail from a 1902 edition edition of Otto Wagner
's Modern Architecture: A Guidebook for His Students to This Field of Art, 1896.
There's a hint of Otto Wagner
here, but also a foreshadowing of Wim Wenders' film Wings of Desire, the benevolent urban angels looking wistfully down on to life of the streets below.
In neighbouring Austria, the capital will salute the 100th anniversary of the passing of four of Vienna's artistic heroes, painters Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, architect Otto Wagner
and graphic designer Koloman Moser in Viennese Modernism 2018.
A bible torn into pieces and scattered across the floor, a psychotic woman wearing a suicide bomber belt, and a man explaining art to a dead hare can all be found in KUNSTGLAUBE's latest exhibition, 'Madness and Mysticism' in the Otto Wagner
Psychiatric Hospital Church in Vienna.
Carefully crafting parallels between the two, the title exposes the work of 55 architects, including pioneers like Otto Wagner
, Antoni Gaudf, and Victor Horta, as well as contemporary masterminds like Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban, and Frank Gehry.
Teslie Topp's brief discussion of Vienna's psychiatric asylum, founded in 1907, popularly known as "Am Steinhof", designed by architect Otto Wagner
and expressly presented as a "modernist hospital," is nicely complemented by Geoffrey Howes's reading of the madhouse chapter in Musil's The Man without Qualities (widely thought, incorrectly, to be set in that clinic); by Gemma Blackshaw's fine chapter on avant-garde writer Peter Altenberg's encounters with the same institution and his insistence on "authorship" of his own personality; and also by Anna Tehninger's well-researched paper on Heinrich Obersteiner's private psychiatric hospital in the Vienna district of Dobling during the same period.
High-design cake entries from the Sartori die Torte portfolio included the one-meter-tall Makart Cake commissioned by the Vienna Museum for the opening of the Hans Makart exhibition, a Gustav Klimt-inspired Secession-era cake design, an Art Nouveau pedestal cake inspired by Architect Otto Wagner
, a flower basket cake informed by the Biedermeier design era as well as decorative cake designs inspired by textile patterns, needlework, nature, bookshelf constructions or, in some instances, purely festive artistic whimsy cakes that she calls “poetry on a pedestal.”
In Bondy's note of farewell, he reminisces about accepting the assignment: "The great allure lay in letting stories be told in a city with such a powerful intellectual past--a city that perhaps, at a certain moment, was the epicenter of the key trends of modern thought--to invite forms of theatre to this very place or launch them from here." But the city, he notes, which was the home of "Freud, Ernst Mach, Musil, von Doderer, Otto Wagner
, Loos, Wittgenstein, Schiele, Klimt," was also "the breeding ground of horror."
His paintings recall a heyday in Viennese cultural life when the capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire bustled with the greatest artists and intellectuals of the day, from Sigmund Freud to Otto Wagner
, Egon Schiele and Adolf Loos.