Architekturzentrum Wien  

Austrian Architecture in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Location: Architekturzentrum Wien - New Hall
Exhibition: Thursday 13 October 2005
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-7pm, 24.12. + 31.12. 10am-2pm
Opening: Wednesday 12 October 2005, 7pm
Tickets: 9 EUR / 7 EUR reduced / Family ticket 12 EUR / school children 2,50 EUR / students: free admission on Wednesday from 5 – 7 pm / free admission for medium- and large – partners / audio guide "a_show" 1,50 EUR

With the long-running exhibition 'a_show' the Architekturzentrum Wien is opening a permanent showcase for the cultural identity of the nation, and presenting 150 years of impressive domestic architecture history for the first time in one exhibition in Austria. The imaginative use of 300 square metres provides an in-depth presentation of around 170 architects and 420 of their buildings in the nine Federal States of the current Republic.

More 360° panorama photography (Pop Up, loads in a few seconds): Library, exhibition, Court of Architecture

The new supplementary programme to a_show, a_showcase offers insights into different topics within the exhibition. Each of these temporary showcases features one or more models that remain on show until the next fixture.

The Exhibition
The division into 10 episodes focuses the viewer's attention on the most relevant phenomenon and currents. The chronological succession of certain phases in the development of architecture are covered and highlighted under specific headings. Parallel to these themes, a chronological 'Time-Rack' provides the appropriate dates for periods of historical relevance to architecture and the cultural context from 1850 to the present day. Photographs and brief biographies of the architects represented in the exhibition provide a family tree of the most significant leading figures in the history of the art of building in Austria. As a specific feature of the development of Austrian architecture, a 'Brief History of Housing' provides a focus on a subject of everyday relevance along the time-line concerned.

The complete spectrum of media employed in the presentation of architecture is imaginatively displayed in the exhibition. Plans, sketches, texts, photographs, models and film footage bring the 20th century to life as they lead the viewer into the present.

a_show. The Book
The book 'Architecture in Austria in the 20th and 21st Centuries' contains around 400 pages divided into ten thematic/chronological episodes, providing a tour through the historical and contemporary production of architecture in Austria. A separate section is dedicated to the topic of Housing. Birkhäuser Verlag, 2006; Ed. Az W; ISBN-10: 3-7643-7693-7. 400 pages, approx. 1,000 ill., € 51.30. Obtainable in the Az W-Info, in our E-Shop as well as in selected specialist bookshops.

Curators: Gabriele Kaiser, Monika Platzer
Research assistance: Gudrun Hausegger, Sonja Pisarik, Ute Waditschatka
Exhibition Design: Design Studio Walking-Chair, Vienna

Public Funding:
Geschäftsgruppe Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr
Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur
Geschäftsgruppe Kultur und Wissenschaft

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Permanent Exhibition

Accompanying Programme

Press Release:
Otto Wagner Viennamap

a_show. Austrian Architecture in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Further Information:

Permanent Exhibition "a_show"

Architecture & Coffee

Press page

a_show Audio Guides

Az W Jahreskarte


The exhibition

E-Shop Products:
Architecture in Austria in the 20th and 21st Centuries (English Edition)

Architektur in Österreich im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert (German Edition)

360° panorama picture of the exhibition

Lisa Kusebauch-Kaiser
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