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Die 387 Häuser des Peter Fritz, Versicherungsbeamter in Wien
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Texts by: Friedrich Achleitner, Walter Grasskamp, Burkhard Spinnen, Philip Ursprung, Wilfried Wang, Heinrich Wefing u.a., Christoph Doswald, Dr. Wolfgang Kos
Author: Oliver Croy, Oliver Elser
Edited by: Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Wien, Franz Grieshofer
German, English
January 2001 , 480 Pages , 0 Ills.
209mm x 149mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1031-2
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This unique and surprising book presents 387 small-scale architectural models created by the late insurance clerk Peter Fritz. The models were discovered in a junk shop by artist Oliver Croy, and were subsequently exhibited, receiving much acclaim.
What to do with 387 small architectural models discovered in a junk shop - all of them neatly wrapped in rubbish bags? The artist Oliver Croy was initially attracted by their skilful workmanship: made from wallpaper scraps, matchboxes, textured paper and adhesive foil, the unknown craftsman had created veritable architectural gems. Croy found out that the models were part of the estate of the Viennese insurance clerk Peter Fritz, who seemed to have designed them without using prototypes. They look more real than any model, quite apparently a reduction of what may be seen in everyday architecture: strange additions, billboards, all very colorful and angular. Croy stopped asking himself what to do with his discovery and, together with the architecture critic Oliver Elser, successfully presented them in exhibitions. In the meantime, there have been talks about realizing the most spectacular pieces. This book, with articles by renowned authors, features color photographs of every piece, intending to be of valuable help to potential developers and architects. Exhibition Schedule: Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Wien 19.1.-18.3.2001, Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt am Main 6.5.-14.6.2001
»Paging through these impossibly typical dwellings brings unexpected pleasure. More than a catalog of Fritz's structures "Special Models" presents a serious proposal for architects to rediscover the thrill of the ordinary.«
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