Werkbundsiedlung Vienna 1932 -
A Model for New Living

The Werkbund Housing Estate in Lainz was an exhibition of international modern living that drew over 100,000 visitors. With Joseph Frank responsible for the master plan of this international exhibition for residential construction, 30 Austrian and international architects, including Richard Neutra and Ernst Plischke, designed 70 fully furnished show houses. The exhibition advertised new concepts for living and the use of space; a manifesto of a social and aesthetic utopia for a better life born from the spirit of Modernism.

An Answer to “Red Vienna”
The Werkbund Estate was also meant as a reply to the residential building programme of “Red Vienna”, the Socialist government of the city. But despite being a great success with the public, the effect was reduced by the political events taking place. On the occasion of the estate’s 80th birthday the Wien Museum presents not only the history of the Werkbund using plans, models, drawings, photographs and interior decorations, but also examines the fate of its inhabitants and problems of its use today and preservation.


Werkbundsiedlung Vienna 1932 -
A Model for New Living
6. September 2012 to 13. January 2013

Pressestimmen

"Die Ausstellung hat nach den stark inszenierten Fotos von 1932 ein Bibliothekszimmer rekonstruiert und viele schöne Sesselbeispiele abwechslungsreich neben einem neuen Gesamtmodell, Fotos, Plänen und den wunderbaren Dekorstoffen von Josef Frank versammelt."
Wiener Zeitung

"Das Haus am Karlsplatz bietet nicht nur einen spannenden Einblick in die Baugeschichte, sondern auch auf eine damals neue Ästhetik im täglichen Leben. Sehenswert!"
Kronen Zeitung

Supporting Sponsors

Wiener Stadtwerke www.wienerstadtwerke.at

Exhibition Sponsors

Arbeiterkammer Wien www.akwien.at