NY: Exhibition Opening: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky: Pioneering Architect. Visionary Activist, March 11, 2024

Join for the opening of the new exhibition Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky: Pioneering Architect. Visionary Activist on Monday, March 11 · 7pm EDT at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York11 East 52nd Street New York, NY 10022.

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) invites you to the opening of the first solo exhibition in the United States dedicated to Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897-2000).

Widely acknowledged as one of Austria’s first female architects, she is credited as the inventor of the Frankfurt Kitchen, a women’s rights activist, and a hero in the resistance against the Nazi dictatorship. In recent years, Schütte-Lihotzky has become a symbol of socially engaged architecture and collaborative, self-help practices, inspiring a new generation of artists, architects, and political activists.

Curated by Dr. Bernadette Reinhold (Senior Scientist at Collection and Archive at the University of Applied Arts Vienna) and Dr. Stephanie Buhmann (Head of Visual Arts, Architecture and Design at the ACFNY) in collaboration with the Collection and Archive at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the exhibition delves into Schütte- Lihotzky’s extensive architectural legacy. It showcases original drawings, architectural plans, and models, along with personal photographs and correspondence.

Divided into five chapters that address different aspects of Schütte-Lihotzky’s work, the exhibition illuminates her transnational experiences and professional networks. By closely tracing her life and work, the exhibition emphasizes her steadfast commitment to social issues and her lifelong involvement in political and cultural movements. In this context, Schütte-Lihotzky emerges as a trailblazing visionary,who never shied away from directly addressing major concerns such as war, economic crises, escalating social inequality, and the global suppression of women’s rights. Her distinctive fusion of architectural practice and political activism positions her at the forefront of confronting these pressing issues.

The exhibition will run from March 12, through May 5, 2024. A program of live performances, film screenings, and lectures will accompany this exhibition.


6:45 PM: Doors Open
7:00 PM: Remarks by

  • Dr. Susanne Keppler-Schlesinger, Director, ACFNY
  • Dr. Martino Stierli, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art New York
  • Dr. Stephanie Buhmann and Dr. Bernadette ReinholdCurators of the exhibition

Reception to follow.

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