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Adolf Loos

Private spaces


This exhibition presents, for the first time in Spain, a vast display of the work of this outstanding figure in Viennese architecture, a pioneer in the debate between spaces in public and private life. The show highlights the aesthetic revolution led by Loos (1870-1933) when, in the Austrian capital at the turn of the twentieth century, he rebelled against the Viennese Secession, proposing economy in architectural construction and design, reviving the classical column and facing and the traditional values of the classical style.

It explores the literary, architectural and philosophical context of early-twentieth-century Vienna and features projects and around one hundred objects from among the furniture used in houses and apartments designed by Loos. It is in these interior spaces in which we find Adolf Loos at his most revolutionary. The apartment is the intimate sphere, the individual’s refuge from social life. Loos’ design of private spaces and his use of domestic furniture richly illustrate the new forms that lifestyle culture was beginning to adopt.

  • Knieschwimmer, armchair with knee rest. Made by F. O. Schmidt and chosen by Adolf Loos for the Müller House, 1907. Hummel Collection, Vienna.

  • Lina Loos's room. Albertina Museum, Vienna.