Adolf Loos

Adolf Loos Season

'Learning to Dwell' exhibition, RIBA, 2011

'Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands', Gallery 1, RIBA, 2011 
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A few months after the date that marked 140 years since the architect's birth, and 100 years after the realisation of one of his greatest works – the Looshaus - a season dedicated to architect Adolf Loos was celebrated at the RIBA. At the start of 2011 the RIBA headquarters at 66 Portland Place hosted public exhibitions and talks looking at the legacy of this pioneering architect and noted polemicist. Alongside material from the RIBA's own collections, there were many objects linked to Loos on loan from the Czech Republic and on show in the United Kingdom for the first time, including furniture, models and original drawings and documents.


'Learning to Dwell' exhibition, RIBA, 2011

Exhibition co-curator Irena Murray (left), 'Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands', Gallery 1, RIBA, 2011
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A special display was dedicated to the discovery of the previously little-known role of the RIBA's Library in saving Loos's archive from possible destruction during World War II.


‘Adolf Loos: The Plan in Space’ exhibition, RIBA, 2011

'Adolf Loos: The Plan in Space', British Architectural Library, RIBA, 2011
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The progress of the exhibitions and related activities can be seen on the exhibition blog, including how the displays were put up (and taken down) and the creation of models of Loos's buildings.

The season was organised by the City of Prague Museum in partnership with the RIBA. The exhibition was generously supported by:


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City of Prague Museum logo 
Czech Centre logo 

Austrian Cultural Forum


City of Prague Museum

Czech Centre


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Techo UK


Thanks also to Lady Grenfell-Baines for her support.


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