Book presentation: “Wilhelm Stiassny. Jüdischer Architekt und Stadtpolitiker im gesellschaftlichen Spannungsfeld des Wiener Fin de Siécle”
Wilhelm Stiassny (1842–1910) was a versatile architect of the Danube Monarchy, a successful Viennese community politician, and an ambitious promoter of Jewish interests. His biography reveals an outstanding representative of the turbulent fin de siècle era and reflects the increasingly tension-filled environment of the successful Jewish bourgeoisie. Against the backdrop of the cultural, political, social and urban awakenings and upheavals of the metropolis on the Danube, an analysis far beyond the usual scheme of an architect’s biography is offered, focusing on Stiassny’s architectural oeuvre. This includes representative residential and commercial buildings, villas, social institutions, synagogues, ceremonial halls and funerary monuments. Much of it was created in collaboration with well-known Jewish clients, whose significance for Stiassnys’s work is just as visible as his contribution to the founding of the Jewish Museum.
Inge Scheidl is a freelance art historian and expert on 19th and early 20th century architecture. She is the initiator of the Vienna Lexicon of Architects, which was complied under her scholarly direction at the Architekturzentrum Wien from 2003 to 2013. She has written publications, among other things, on historicist church construction in Vienna and on the architect Rolf Geyling.
Ursula Prokop is a freelance architecture and art historian. In addition to numerous publications on Viennese architecture (“Wien, Aufbruch zur Metropol,” 1994, “Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein,” 2003), she is the author of special articles on Jewish architects (“Zum jüdischen Erbe in der Wiener Architektur,” 2016). She has participated in various research projects (including AzW: Architektenlexikon Wien 1770–1945) and is a freelance contributor to the cultural magazine “David.”
Wolfgang Herzner studied computer science and worked until 2016 at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. He intensively supported his wife, Mag. Dagmar Herzner-Kaiser, whose extensive research on Wilhelm Stiassny provided the basis for this book, in digitizing building plans and generating photographs. After her death in 2015, he prepared her art historical estate so that it could be used efficiently by all the authors.
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