The exhibition ‘The Unknown Loos: Walter’ shows a comprehensive survey of the oeuvre of this almost forgotten Austrian architect, looking at his work in a context of his emigration to Argentina. The history of Walter Loos is one example in a broadly spread and complex cultural transfer between the continents. A selection of Austrian architects who continued to work in South America following their emigration – and some of whom still do – is being shown to accompany the exhibition under the title ‘Paraíso Latinoamericano’.
In May Vienna hosts the EU-LAC summit meeting of heads of state and heads of government from Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union, which provides the context for the show ‘Paraíso Latinoamericano’ and an opportunity for the Architekturzentrum Wien to re-explore the tradition of exchange between the Latin American and the Austrian architectural heritages.
The curator of ‘Paraíso Latinoamericano’ is Michael Bier, an Austrian architect and town planner who enjoys a successful career in Chile, his chosen home. He represents a group of young Austrian architects in South America and he will be discussing the development and relevance of architecture in the Andes and in the Alps, and the potential to network between the two along with historians, town planners and architects who have a close relationship to Latin America.
Michael Bier, DUC, Centro de Estudios para Desarollo Urbano Contemporáneo
Gerhard Drekonja, Professor of Non-European history with a focus on Latin America
Andreas Hofer, Vienna University of Technology, Institut für Städtebau und Raumplanung
Laura Spinadel, BUS Architekten
Moderated by: Sonja Pisarik, curator of The Unknown Loos: Walter