Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands
24 February–3 May, Galleries 1 & 2
An early pioneer of Modern architecture, Adolf Loos (1870–1933) is best known for his groundbreaking projects in Vienna, including the Goldmann & Salatsch building, the Café Museum, and the Kärntner (American) Bar. Less famous, but also significant, was his work in Prague, Pilsen and his birthplace of Brno, spanning his entire creative life from 1896 to 1933. This exhibition focuses on Loos’s work in the Czech lands, consisting mainly of residential projects such as the iconic Villa Müller, as well as a number of apartments and interiors which Loos used to exhort his clients to ‘learn to dwell’. The exhibition will also highlight the imaginative furnishings of his buildings, featuring drawings, models, original furniture and glass, never before seen in Britain. The exhibition is organised by the City of Prague Museum, in partnership with the RIBA, and is generously supported by the Czech Centre London and the Austrian Cultural Forum London.
Saving Loos: The Unknown Legacy of the British Architectural Library
24 February–3 May, Library
The Adolf Loos exhibition is extended by previously unknown material from the RIBA collections whose Library helped save the Adolf Loos Archive during the Second World War. This display examines English influence on Loos’s design thinking. Also on view is a special display of RIBA photographs and documents of Loos’s buildings and projects in Austria, France, Switzerland and America as well as his polemical books and periodicals.