Wotruba Depot

Fritz Wotruba is known as one of the most influential Austrian sculptors of the 20th century. The Fritz Wotruba Private Foundation at the Belvedere 21 administers his extensive artistic and documentary estate. In the Wotruba Depot, you will find stone and bronze sculptures as well as plaster models. The study room gives you access to drawings and prints, the artist's written estate, the photo archive, and the library.

Fritz Wotruba
© Belvedere, Wien
Fritz Wotruba Biography

 

 

 

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1907

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Fritz Wotruba is born on April 23 in Vienna to a Czech tailor and Hungarian maid, the youngest of their eight children.

 

 

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1921

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Until 1925, Wotruba trains in Vienna as an engraver and die cutter.

 

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1926

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Studies at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts until 1929 with Anton Hanak and Eugen Steinhof.

 

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1930

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Participates in numerous exhibitions and solo exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, and Switzerland, until 1938.

 

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1938

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Lives in exile in Switzerland until 1945.

 

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1945

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Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Among his students are now-prominent sculptors such as Andreas Urteil, Roland Goeschl, and Alfred Hrdlicka.

 

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1948

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Large-scale international exhibition activities are launched with the unveiling of his works at the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris, among them, multiple participations at the Biennale in Venice, the Documenta in Kassel, and numerous shows in the USA.

 

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1958

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Karl Schwanzer designs the Austrian pavilion for the Brussel’s World Fair. Fritz Wotruba creates a monumental figural relief for the front of the modern building.

 

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1959

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Designs stage sets and costumes for Sophocles dramas at the Burgtheater in Vienna, for the Salzburg Felsenreitschule in Athens, and for Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, until 1967.

 

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1962

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Wotruba’s long-standing cultural and political demand for a museum of modern art in Vienna is fulfilled: The World Expo pavilion is transferred to Vienna and opens as the Museum of the 20th Century. Wotruba’s relief is displayed in the adjacent sculpture garden.

 

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1963

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First major retrospective at the 20er Haus in Vienna.

 

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1974

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Construction of the Church of the Holy Trinity (Mauer section of Vienna), based on Fritz Wotruba’s artistic design and plans by architect Fritz Gerhard Mayr; inaugurated in 1976.

 

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1975

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On August 28, Fritz Wotruba dies in Vienna.

 

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2011

 

Fritz Wotruba's estate is loaned to the Belvedere by the Fritz Wotruba Private Foundation. Wotruba at the 21er Haus, now Wotruba at the Belvedere 21, is inaugurated.

 

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