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Permanent exhibition


Austrian Architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries

Permanent exhibition
Daily 10:00–19:00
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Stadt des Kindes, Anton Schweighofer, 1140 Vienna, 1969-1974
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Barbara Pflaum

The “a_show” is the permanent exhibition of the Az W. It offers a compact overview of the development and history of the architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries in Austria along with a unique view of 150 years of architectural production.

In ten episodes the most relevant phenomena and tendencies are shown, while still leaving room for autonomous positions. Starting with Vienna’s growth into an imperial metropolis, the exhibition brings visitors into the field of tension between socio-political experiment, the “conquest” of areas of alpine landscape, the interwoven power structures of the Nazi period, and the rebuilding programme after 1945.

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ARTEC Architekten, Raum Zita Kern, Raasdorf, 1997-1998
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini
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Turmhotel Seeber, Lois Welzenbacher, Hall in Tirol, 1930-1931
Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Modernism, experiments and crises

The year 1958 is significant for the development of architecture in Austria. At that time a number of key buildings were completed which signalised the somewhat late arrival of international modernism. Subsequently space travel, the worldwide ascendancy of pop culture and mass media made an impact on the production of architecture. The oil crisis in 1973 brought an abrupt end to utopian concepts, while at the same time marking the start of a variety of experiments in both formal and constructional terms. Current positions from throughout Austria are an important part of the exhibition and are presented in digital form.

Curators: Gabriele Kaiser, Monika Platzer, Az W

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