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Photo of a tiled auditorium of a school with large windows, many plants, a flight of stairs to the second floor and a clock on the wall
Hans Radl Schule, Viktor Adler, 1959 © Stephan Doleschal / Mid-Century Vienna
Photo of a tiled auditorium of a school with large windows, many plants, a flight of stairs to the second floor and a clock on the wall

Mid-Century Vienna 1950-1965

Architecture and design from the 1950s to the 1960s is everywhere in Vienna. Whether residential buildings, public buildings, urban infrastructure, or leisure facilities, we still use many of these buildings and facilities today. 

While landmarks such as the Stadthalle or the Ringturm continue to attract attention, mid-century design is often overlooked in everyday life. This may well have something to do with its stylistic idiom. We encounter no avant-garde here, but rather a conservative modernism steeped in the climate of postwar political restoration, one situated between uplifting vibrancy and petit-bourgeois sentiment. No avant-garde, and no experiments. Predominant among Vienna’s postwar architects were those who been allowed to build during the Nazi era, the Austro-fascist years, or the Red Vienna period. Architects who were expelled during the Nazi era or who had already emigrated found no scope for activity in Vienna after 1945. Meanwhile, a young generation was still waiting in the wings. 

The graphic designer Tom Koch set out to make visible these omnipresent witnesses to mid-century design in Vienna. Together with photographer Stephan Doleschal, he tracked down buildings, interiors, and “street furnishings” from the early fifties to the mid-sixties. In addition to icons such as the Gartenbaukino, the Stadthalle, or the Café Prückel, lesser-known examples of mid-century design are also represented. Among them are public buildings like the Hans Radl School in Gersthof, the Bisamberg broadcast tower, or the Atomic Institute near the Prater. Leisure sites -- the mini-golf course at the Postsportplatz in Hernals and the Bundesbad Alte Donau -- are rendered as well, as are businesses like the sewing accessories store Hartinger at Spiegelgasse 13 in Vienna's first district. 

This exhibition presents these found objects in a modular way. Shapes, colors, and novel materials invite visitors to explore the city anew with a heightened sense of awareness. The topic fits perfectly with the exhibition venue. After all, the Wien Museum, opened in 1959 as the Historical Museum of the City of Vienna, is yet another outstanding example of Mid-Century Design.

Venue

Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Karlsplatz
1040 Wien

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