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Adolf Loos Experte

I have been involved with Adolf Loos for over 20 years and have thus matured into the Adolf Loos expert I never wanted to be. However, deepening my knowledge of his work has always led me to new discoveries, which are also helpful in my work as an architect. Adolf Loos was one of the greatest architects of the 20th century and he influenced it a lot with his buildings and writings. He often felt misunderstood by imitators or abused by others who reinterpreted or shortened his work for their ideology. For this reason, Loos never joined a movement and established his own architectural theory, which is based on not omitting, but consciously selecting, which does not deny tradition, but understands the present as a further development of the past. He was as enthusiastic about radically new inventions as he was about a centuries-old armchair, as long as it was comfortable. He was there for his clients and his clients for him. He was able to respond to the needs of his clients and thus lifelong friendships developed.

 

Activities

17.Juli 2020

The group of Loos experts from Austria accepted the invitation of the Czech curators of the exhibition "ADOLF LOOS -EUROPEAN ARCHITECT" at Spielberg Castle in Brno.

The newly restored Loos rooms in the Bauer Castle at the Brno Trade Fair could be visited together. An intensive exchange of information took place and further meetings were arranged. The Loos exhibition can be visited until 31.12.2020.

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21.-22.10.2020 Brno

Ralf Bock is invited to speak at the international symposium "Adolf Loos 150" in Brno and will report on the LOOS 2020 project.

12.Nov. 2020, 19.00 Uhr

Joint event by Loos 2020 and the Central Association of Austrian Architects. As part of the event series: "Talking about architecture"

Ralf Bock gives the lecture "Loos Revisited - A journey through the works of Adolf Loos".

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The owner of the Duschnitz house has commissioned Ralf Bock to draw up a private expert opinion on the documentation of the renovation that Adolf Loos carried out on the Duschnitz house. All Loos fixtures were also verified and documented.

Adolf Loos furnished and equipped the Emil Löwenbach apartment in 1913. It was considered lost for a long time as the house was hit by a bomb in WWII. Only recently he Loos interior was rediscovered. Today's tenant, Bridge Club Vienna, is very keen to preserve the existing furnishings. A high-quality restoration concept has now been agreed with the Federal Office for the Protection of Monuments. Ralf Bock has carried out the historical research here and will manage the restoration work together with the FOPM.

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This summer the municipality of Hrusovany was able to acquire the director's villa on the site of the sugar factory that Adolf Loos built for Viktor von Bauer in 1914.

Ralf Bock will advise colleagues in the Czech Republic who are working on the renovation and the new usage concept.

Dezember 2020

The ORF is currently producing a new documentary on the work of Adolf Loos. Ralf Bock presents four Loos objects in Vienna and gave a long interview on the work of Adolf Loos. The shooting days were at the end of June 2020.

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Kazuhiro Yajima has received a 12-month state scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in Japan. He decided to work with Ralf Bock to document and analyze the influence of Japanese culture in the work of Adolf Loos. Research begins in autumn 2020.

In 2018 Ralf Bock designed a complete exhibition concept together with Max Moya for a large public exhibition in the Albertina in Vienna. The exhibition was supposed to show the entire spectrum of his professional work and his private life. A new view of Loos should be possible. The title alone was intended to point out a misunderstanding: Loos gave the lecture: "Ornament and Crime", but this changed to "Ornament Is Crime" in the general usage of the 20th century.

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