The Vienna Jubilee Exhibition of 1898 provided the occasion for these remarkable essays by the Austrian architect, theorist, and irreverent critic of his own culture, Adolf Loos. The rational underpinnings of his later accusation that "ornament is crime," first appear in these polemical thrusts at the stylized work of Viennese sucessionists Joseph Hoffmann, Otto Wagner, Hermann Obrist, and Gustav Klimt, among others.
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"What Opposition Books has given us is a collection of essays - impudent, incisive, critical - about the failures of applied design in fin de siecle Vienna. Topics ranging from plumbing, furniture, and hygiene to men's shoes, undergarments, carriages, and printing are attacked by Adolf Loos, the architect, teacher, dandy, and artistic radical.... Taken together, they tell us a lot about the forgotten roots of the Modern Movement, and remind us how shallow and warped our collective memory of Modernism has recently become."
- Jane Thompson, ID
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Descripción The MIT Press, 1987. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P11026262057X
Descripción The MIT Press, 1987. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX026262057X