100th birthday Fritz Wotruba

Today 100 years ago Fritz Wotruba was born, one of the most important Austrian sculptors and artists of the 20th century. By dissolving the figurative in geometric abstractions, mainly the cube, he took important steps in defining figurative art, though he rejected the term postcubist. His works can be found in social living projects all around Vienna.

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If you don’t have anything better to do, why not visit his most famous work: the Wotrubakirche (pictured above) or church to the most holy trinity on the St. Georgenberg in Mauer, which is part of the 23rd district of Vienna. This church is still in use and definitely something to see. It is made from about 150 blocks of concrete, measuring between 1 and 64 cubic feet and weighing between 2 and 140 tons. It is located on the corner of Georgsgasse and Rysergasse.

Wotruba himself never lived to see the realization of his biggest work, because he died on 28th of August 1975.

1 Comment so far

  1. Nick Scahill (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    What an extraordinary building! How could I have missed it? I normally go for High Anglican reserve, stained glass windows and planchant but I think I shall make an exception. Thanks for the tip!



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