Adolf Loos – Private spaces


The exhibition Adolf Loos. Private Spaces presents, for the first time in Spain, a vast display of the work of this outstanding figure in Viennese architecture, a pioneer in the debate between spaces in public and private life. The show highlights the aesthetic revolution led by Loos (1870-1933) when, in the Austrian capital at the turn of the twentieth century, he rebelled against the Viennese Secession, proposing economy in architectural construction and design, reviving the classical column and facing and the traditional values of the classical style.
Adolf Loos will explore the literary, architectural and philosophical context of early-twentieth-century Vienna and will feature projects and around one hundred objects from among the furniture used in houses and apartments designed by Loos. It is in these interior spaces in which we find Adolf Loos at his most revolutionary. The apartment is the intimate sphere, the individual’s refuge from social life. Loos’ design of private spaces and his use of domestic furniture richly illustrate the new forms that lifestyle culture was beginning to adopt.

The exhibition is a coproduction by Museu del Disseny de Barcelona and “la Caixa” Foundation. The works are from the Hummel Collection, Vienna, the Albertina Museum of Vienna, the Architekturemuseum.Technische niversität, Munich, the Historisches Museum der Stadt of Vienna and a private collection in the United Kingdom.

Museu del Disseny de Barcelona/Barcelona Design Museum
2 December 2017 to 18 February 2018
Curator: Pilar Parcerisas


Pilar Parcerisas




Museu del Disseny


4,40 € (general); 3 € (reduced)

Exhibition fields

  • Otto Wagner and the Secession

    Otto Wagner began the transition from historicism to modernity in Vienna. The artists of the Secession found refuge in ornamentation grounded in abstract motifs

  • Domestic Space in Crisis

    Loos revolutionised Viennese architecture.

  • Masculine and Feminine Spaces

    With the creation of interiors, Adolf Loos guards individual intimacy from the public sphere.

  • Form and Function in Furniture

    The modern man should take advantage of existing good designs made by expert artisans.

  • Interiors: Build, Inhabit, Use

    Loos returns architecture to its essential origins, where construction and habitation coincide.

  • Tradition and Modernity

    Adolf Loos is a great advocate of the architect’s trade and construction traditions.

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Ajuntament de Barcelona