The City of Prague Museum

A Biographical Chronology

A Biographical Chronology

Adolf Loos při rozhovoru s novinářkou v Plzni

December 10, 1870
Born in Brno, the only son of a leading Brno sculptor and stoneworker

Primary and secondary school in Brno, Jihlava, Melk, Liberec

Completes school-leaving exam in Brno

„Ins Leere gesprochen“ („Řeči do prázdna“, vydáno v češtině roku 1929 Bohumilem Markalousem)

1889–1890, 1892–1893
Studies architecture at the Technical University in Dresden

Stay in Vienna

Stay in the USA (Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, New York), returns to Vienna via London and Paris

Employed in the atelier of architect Carl Mayreder in Vienna

Designs his first independent work — furniture for the Ebenstein tailors’ salon in Vienna–and starts publishing theoretical and critical articles in the Neue Freie Presse

Svatba s Klárou Beckovou, 1929

Distances himself from Viennese Secessionism, completes first important work — Café Museum in Vienna

July 21, 1902
Marries actress Lina Obertimpfler in the manor chapel of Lednice

Publishes the journal Das Andere [The Other]

Divorces Lina, starts relationship with dancer Bessie Bruce

Oslava 60. narozenin v Müllerove vile, prosinec 1930

Designs and realises the Goldmann & Salatsch department store on Michaelerplatz across from the Hofburg in Vienna; the building provokes a public scandal

March 17, 1911
Delivers his first lecture in Prague, on the theme “Ornament and Crime”

1912–1914, 1920–1922
Manages his own private architecture school in Vienna

Lectures in Prague and Olomouc

Zápis do pamětní knihy v Müllerově vile, 1930, „Můj nejkrásnější dům! pro mého, jak tvrdí má přítelkyně, paní Dr. Schwarzwaldová, nejinteligentnějšího stavebníka, kterého jsem kdy měl, Dr. Müllera! To je celé tajemství architektury. — Adolf Loos o 60. narozeninách“

Assumes Czechoslovak citizenship

Marries dancer Elsie Altmann, publishes “Richtlinien für die Kunstamt” (Guidelines for the Office of Support for the Arts)

Designer for the housing cooperative association in the Vienna suburb of Lainz

Publishes in Paris a German-language selection of his critical articles from 1897–1900, Ins Leere gesprochen (published in Czech as Řeči do prázdna in 1929 by Bohumil Markalous, in English as Spoken into the Void in 1982 by MIT Press)

Chief architect of the Vienna Housing Cooperative Office

Oslava narozenin Adlofa Loose ve společenském klubu Na Příkopech, 13. prosince 1930. Adolf Loos s manželkou Klárou Loosovou.

Exhibits in the Paris Salon d’Automne and becomes a member of the organisation

Works with the UP Závody furniture company in Brno, managed by Jan Vaněk, serves on the editorial board of Vaněk’s journal Bytová kultura [Culture of the Interior]

Lives primarily in Paris

Lectures on Prague and Brno on the theme “Economy in Architecture” as part of the cycle “For a New Architecture”; also delivers a lecture on the theme “Settlements” in Brno; appointed an honorary member of the Prague Architects’ Club

Klára Becková-Loosová, 1930

Divorces his second wife Elsie; lectures at the Société pour la Propagation des Langues Etrangeres at the Sorbonne in Paris

Organisers of the construction of the Werkbund model housing estate, “Die Wohnung” in Stuttgart–Weissenhof refuse to allow him to participate

Invited as representative of Czechoslovakia to the first congress of CIAM in La Sarrai; frequently in Plzeň in connection with commissions for work

Designs and realises (with the assistance of Karel Lhota) the Müller Villa in Prague-Střešovice

Adolf Loos v bytě Viléma Krause, 1931

July 18, 1929
Marries the Plzeň-born photographer Claire Beck in Vienna

Regularly in Plzeň, takes spa cures in Zlaté Hory and Karlovy Vary, visits Paris; with Claire, celebrates his sixtieth birthday in Prague and receives an honorary pension from President Tomáš G. Masaryk; an exhibit of his life’s work is opened at the Haggenbund in Vienna

A travelling exhibition of his work, organised by the journal Das Neue, opens in Frankfurt am Main, proceeds to other cities in Germany, England; Travels with Claire in Germany, Switzerland, northern Italy, southern France; Takes spa cures in Jáchymov, Karlovy Varu and the Veleslavín sanatorium in Prague

Divorces Claire Spa treatments in Karlovy Vary, Lázně sv. Markéty near Prachatice and the Rosenhügel sanatorium near Vienna From early October until the end of November visits Prague for the last time

August 23, 1933
Dies in the sanatorium in Karlsburg near Vienna

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