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"Schindler House Los Angeles" in MAK

“Schindler House Los Angeles” in MAK

Space as a medium of art

Exactly 100 years ago, architect Rudoff M. Schindler built the “Schindler House” in Los Angeles. To celebrate this anniversary, MAK is displaying an exhibition that reflects Schindler’s concept of art, architecture and design.

Sculptures, photographs, and objects by international artists will be on display to shed light on Schindler’s official ideas and thoughts. These include former scholarship holders who have spent study visits at Schindler House, an affiliate of MAK.

New Frontiers in Architecture

Cheerful, open, and light, the architecture of the Schindler House appears influenced by the California climate. The separation between inside and outside is permeable, and Candida Höfer’s oversized photos give an idea of ​​why Schindler said architecture was a kind of music for him.

Candida Hoover, Schindler House, Los Angeles, 2000


Schindler built 150 buildings in Southern California and incorporated surrounding materials into his temporary architecture, as curator Barbel Fischer said: “Schindler poured concrete surfaces herself, and concrete was an exclusive material at the time. It also had a lot of designer wood and paper walls that must Replacing them again and again. Twisted walls and crooked doors always open up new horizons.”

fun room design

The display features work by artists learning the language of Schindler’s architectural design, such as Andreas Fogarassi, who was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Biennale. He transformed the chimney cap of Schindler House into a free-standing marble piece. As here, his works often use architecture strategies and transform them into dysfunctional settings.

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Fogarasi loves the emotional relaxation that Schindler’s architecture exudes: “Schindler brought the subtlety of room design and the way the rooms are joined together from Vienna, so to speak; there are spatial moments and amazing views. You open a sliding door and find a wardrobe behind it, then there’s another door and you In the bedroom. There’s something so fun about it that’s so exciting for someone like me who deals with space and image.”


His Los Angeles experience as a young artist – as part of the Schindler Fellowship – has had a major impact on his work. “Los Angeles has an urban structure that you already know from Donald Duck’s duck house. Then suddenly you live in a house like this yourself, it’s green everywhere, cars park in front of the front yard. That has left its mark on the work of many scholarship holders, they have experience In how the city functions and how entirely new connections are opening up between image and architecture.

200 Schindler Scholarship holders

Since 1995, when the Artists-in-Residence program began at Schindler-Haus, about 200 international scholarship holders have been guests at the MAK Centre. Schindler’s Houses, directed by Heinz Emigols, will be shown as a supporting program for the exhibition.