The Architecture of the Generali Foundation in Vienna

The Architecture of the Generali Foundation in Vienna

Christian Jabornegg, András Pálffy (eds.)

Texts by Christian Jabornegg / András Pálffy, Otto Kapfinger, Albert Kirchengast, Moritz Küng. Photographs by Hertha Hurnaus

German / English, 144 pages, 24 × 31,5 cm, numerous color illustrations, softcover

Spring 2018

ISBN 978-3-902833-89-1

€ 42,00 [A]

€ 40,90 [D]

In 1995, the Generali Foundation – founded as the nonprofit art association of the Generali Group Austria – relocated to premises in the fourth district of Vienna, designed by the architects Jabornegg & Pálffy. It moved to a building complex called the Habighof, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when it was used as a hat factory. Here, the Generali Foundation housed an exhibition space, underground storage, study rooms and offices. In 2015, the collection of Generali Foundation was transferred to the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg as a permanent loan, and the site in Vienna was closed down.

This book examines this architectural landscape – which has since been listed as an historic site – in its international context as a trend-setting exhibition space. It explores the relation between internal and external architectural structures and examines the commitment of companies in the field of visual arts and architecture in a shifting social context.

The images show the abandoned, empty spaces of the Generali Foundation, photographed by Hertha Hurnaus.