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Ottokar Uhl
After the Rules of Architecture

Press conference: Wednesday, 02 March 2005, 11:00 am
Opening: Wednesday, 02 March 2005, 07:00 pm
Exhibition: 03 March - 13 June 2005
Opening Hours: daily 10.00 am - 07:00 pm, Wedn. 10:00 am - 09:00 pm

Since 2001 the archives of Ottokar Uhl have been at the disposal of the Architekturzentrum Wien for academic processing. In line with Az W policy of creating a close link between academic work and architecture, when the processing of the material for archiving has been finished the complete oeuvre of Ottokar Uhl is to be presented to the general public in a comprehensive exhibition and publication at the Architekturzentrum Wien from 03 March 2005.
Ottokar Uhl's radical social and architectural stance has earned him a special and significant position in Austrian architecture. His research on industrialisation, on flexible space and on participatory processes have new topical significance for the next generation of architects, which is also concerned about the connection between architecture and socio-political emancipation.

OTTOKAR UHL
Ottokar Uhl, born in 1931, is considered one of the major protagonists of Austrian architecture in the second half of the 20th century. His reputation is based on his innovative church buildings in the late 1950s, his cutting edge role with participatory building in Austria from the 1970s and on his academic work. Ottokar Uhl's oeuvre reminds one of a time when architecture was still seen as an attempt to find a response to issues raised by social developments. "See what is built as the product of a socio-political assignment, is Uhl's message" (Dietmar Steiner).

THE EXHIBITION
The exhibition shows the dialogue in two formats, it documents and interprets the work: core element is the monograph, which has references to the complete archives of the work of Ottokar Uhl. In line with his own approach, the exhibition does not show a few of the results of his work, but illustrates instead the intrinsic processes at specific points. Accordingly, alongside models, photographs, plans, publications and documents in the exhibition, there are also facsimile transcripts of participation group meetings. The second part of the exhibition provides interpretation of the monographic presentation, and also consists of an independently legible element in the form of a montage of images and short texts of relevance to his architecture theory. With a focus on the central themes in the oeuvre of Ottokar Uhl, the exhibition attempts to provide an updated look at his work as well as addressing some problematic aspects of his work in a historical context.

THE PUBLICATION
A monograph is being published to accompany the exhibition. 256 pages, 300 illustrations. Contributors: Christa Kamleithner, Johannes Porsch, Bernhard Steger, with a foreword by Dietmar Steiner. Published by the Architekturzentrum Wien, Verlag Anton Pustet, Salzburg-Munich. German Edition.

Curators: Johannes Porsch, Bernhard Steger
Project coordination: Katharina Ritter






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