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Post-Otto Wagner: From the Postal Savings Bank to Post-Modernism
Until the 30th September 2018, Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria

Austrian Museum of Applied Arts puts on major 20th-century architecture exhibition.
Just in case that you are in or near Austria, do not miss the Post-Otto Wagner exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art (MAK) in Vienna. This is not simply a retrospective of Otto Koloman Wagner (1841-1918), an outstanding early Modernist architect, but, as the show´s subtitle, From the Postal Savings Bank to Post-Modernism, indicates, a review of the influence he and his contemporaries have had on the architecture of the 20th century. The show includes numerous original drawings, plans and models by famous 20th-century architects, designers and urban planners from across Europe and North America, as well as furniture pieces and building components.

Marking the 100th anniversary of Wagner´s death, the exhibition “investigates Wagner´s role as the ´Father of Modernism´ and points out not only the context and the interaction between Wagner and other protagonists of early Modernism, but also the influence his epochal work had on his contemporaries, students, and following generations of architects and designers”, as the museum notes on its website.

This highly recommended exhibition is on show daily, except Mondays, until 30 September 2018. An accompanying catalogue, in English and German, of circa 300 pages is available. And Wagner´s recently conserved building for the Royal Austrian Postal Savings Bank (1903–1910), giving the exhibition its title and located not far from the MAK, is also open, free of charge, to visitors on weekdays.

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