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Oswald Haerdtl

Architekt und Designer 1899–1959

Along with Josef Hoffmann, Oswald Haerdtl is considered the most productive architect of the 20th century in Austria. In the book accompanying the exhibition, several authors explore specific topics related to Oswald Haerdtl's work, such as continuity and internationality, or Haerdtl's role in the network of Austrian modernism. Long overdue, this is the first monograph on Oswald Haerdtl.


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In addition to a richly illustrated, annotated catalog raisonné, special attention has been paid to illuminating the early creative period in the twenties and thirties. But Haerdtl’s activities during the National Socialist era and the post-war years, characterized by an unusual abundance of commissions with countless realizations, are also examined in detail. Some of the main works of his oeuvre (the Austrian Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937, the furnishings of the Federal Chancellery, 1948, the trade fair pavilion for Felten & Guilleaume, 1953, the Arabia-Espresso at Kohlmarkt, 1950, the unrealized Heinrichhof project, 1953, and the Historical Museum of the City of Vienna, 1959) are presented comprehensively for the first time. Contributions by Friedrich Achleitner, Bruno Reichlin, and Siegfried Mattl address further aspects of Haerdtl’s multifaceted cultural environment. The catalog book was created on the basis of Oswald Haerdtl’s estate, which is kept at the Architekturzentrum Wien.