Josef Hoffmann Museum Shows Rare Drawings of Otto Wagner Monument
Between Prague and Brtno, the town of Brtnice in today’s Czech Republic is where Josef Hoffmann was born in 1870. He left home for Vienna to attend the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien, where he studied under the influential Otto Wagner, but the family house back in Brtnice is the location of the Josef Hoffmann Museum, presenting “Josef Hoffmann–Otto Wagner: On the Use and Effect of Architecture” through October 29. It features photographs and drawings, including ones for the monument Hoffmann designed in memory of Wagner. It was erected in Vienna in 1930 and demolished during World War II but is now at the academy where student and teacher met.