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Josef Frank. Writings - book presentation

4. October 2013

New publication - Book presentation on Tuesday 8th October, 7pm at the Designmuseum, Ballroom, Bredgade 68, Copenhagen

Josef Frank was one of the most important Austrian architects of the interwar period. Viennese modernism, which was crucially supported by him, became an established term in international professional circles. Before his emigration to Sweden in 1933, he was decisively responsible for the construction of the Vienna Werkbundsiedlung in 1932. Frank’s critical, polemic texts, which accompanied the development of architecture in Austria’s interwar period, as well as in the post-war years, encompass the topic areas of architecture, modern living and urban planning. Also included is his dissertation on Leon Battista Alberti, submitted in 1910, as well as his only book published during his lifetime: Architektur als Symbol ( Architecture as Symbol ) . Frank sought to expose the meanings – and the failures – of modernism, to lay bare its underlying assumptions and what were, in his view, its sometimes misdirected applications. Above all, he sought to reclaim freedom for modern design, the freedom it had lost as it was codified.

This two-volume work contains the reprints of all published writings of Josef Frank, thus making the great majority of them available in English for the first time. Also the original,mainly in German written texts are presented in the book as well as most of the illustrations supplementing Frank’s writings.

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