A Film by Heinz Emigholz

Loos Ornamentale


Adolf Loos (1870 – 1933)
Architecture as autobiography

The film shows the following buildings and interiors by Adolf Loos in order of their construction: Café Museum (1899), Kärtner Bar (1908), and the house on Michaelerplatz (1909–11) in Vienna I; the Steiner (1910), Scheu (1912/13), and Horner (1912) houses in Vienna XIII; the Manz bookstore (1912) in Vienna I, the Rosenfeld apartment (1912) in Vienna XIII, the Kníze tailor shop (1910–13), and the Boskovits apartment (1913) in Vienna I; the façade of the Anglo-Austrian Bank (1913) in Vienna VI, the Duschnitz house (1915/16) in Vienna XIX, the Rohrbacher sugar refinery, a factory, and Villa Bauer (1916/17) in Hrusovany, Czech Republic; the Peter Altenberg grave (1919) in the Central Cemetery in Vienna, the Lainz settlement house, Friedensstadt foundation stone monument (1921), and Rufer house (1922) in Vienna XIII; the Spanner country house (1924) in Gumpoldskirchen, Lower Austria, the foundation stone monument of the Laaerberg settlement (1924) in Vienna X, the reconstructed Ritter castle (1925) and Brünn trade fair grounds in Brno, Czech Republic; the Tristan Tzara house (1925/26) in Paris XVIII, the Moller house (1928) in Vienna XVIII, the Brummel house (1929) in Pilsen, Czech Republic, the Khuner country house (1929/30) in Payerbach, Lower Austria, Villa Müller (1928–30) in Prague, Czech Republic, duplexes in the Werkbund Settlement (1930–32) in Vienna XIII, the workers’ settlement Babí (1931) in Nachod, Czech Republic, the Mitzi Schnabl house (1931) in Vienna XXII, and the Adolf Loos grave in the Central Cemetery in Vienna.



“Architecture projects space into this world. Cinemaphotography translates that space into pictures projected in time. Cinema then is used in a completely new way: as a space to meditate on buildungs.”  Heinz Emigholz

Heinz Emigholz

Heinz Emigholz

Interview with Heinz Emigholz on “Loos ornamental”
„Loos ornamental“. Heinz Emigholz, Marc Ries – a dialogue.

Heinz Emigholz was born in 1948 outside of Bremen. Since 1973, he has worked in Germany and the
United States as a freelance filmmaker, artist, writer, cameraman, producer and journalist. He looks back on numerous exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications. In 1974 he started his encyclopedic drawing series Die Bas is des Mak e-Up , currently the subject of a major solo exhibition at Berlin‘s Hamburger Bahnhof museum. In 1978 he founded his own film production company, Pym Films. In 1984, he began a film series called Photograph ie und jenseits . He has held a professorship in experimenta l filmmak ing at the Berlin University of the Arts since 1993.
His films have been released on DVD by Filmgalerie 451 since 2003. His publications include: Krieg
der Augen, Kreuz der Sinne, Seit Freud gesa gt hat , der Künst ler heile seine Neurose selbst , heilen die Künst ler ihre Neurosen selbst , Normalsatz – Siebzehn Filme and Das schwarze Schamquadrat (all four published by Martin Schmitz), Die Bas is des Mak e-Up (I), (II ) and (II), Der Begnadete Meier and Kleine Enzyk lopädie der Photographie (in Die Republik Nr. 68–71, 76–78, 89–91, 94–97, 123–125), Die Bas is des Mak e-Up (608 pp, Pym Films). An additional film from the Photographie und jenseits series, Kieslers Projections (ca. 70 min) will be completed in autumn 2008. The feature films Tale of Five Cities and Second Nature are currently in pre-production.


1972-73 Schenec-Tady I  (16 mm, s/w, 27 Minuten)
1973 Schenec-Tady II  (16 mm, Farbe, 19 Minuten)
1973-74  Arrowplane  (16 mm, Farbe, 23 Minuten)
1974  Tide  (16 mm, s/w, 34 Minuten)
1972-75 Schenec-Tady III  (16 mm, s/w, 20 Minuten)
1975-76 Hotel  (16 mm, s/w, 27 Minuten)
1976-77 Demon  - Die Übersetzung von Stéphane Mallarmés "Le Demon de l´Analogie"  (16 mm, Farbe, 30 Minuten)
1978-81 Normalsatz  (16 mm, Farbe, 105 Minuten)
1974-83 The Basis of Make-Up I  (35 mm, Farbe, 20 Minuten)
1979-85 Die Basis des Make-Up  (16 mm, Farbe, 84 Minuten)
1974-87 Die Wiese der Sachen  (16 mm, Farbe, 88 Minuten)
1986-90 Der Zynische Körper  (35 mm, Farbe, 89 Minuten)
1993-2000 Sullivans Banken  (35 mm, Farbe, 38 Minuten)
1983-2000 The Basis of Make-Up II  (35 mm, Farbe, 48 Minuten)
1995-2000 Maillarts Brücken  (35 mm, Farbe, 24 Minuten)
1988-2001 Miscellanea I  (35mm, s/w, 20 Minuten)
1988-2001 Miscellanea II (35 mm, Farbe, 19 Minuten)
1998-2002 Goff in der Wüste (35 mm, Farbe, 110 Minuten)
1997-2004 Miscellanea III (35mm, Farbe, 22 Minuten)
1996-2004 The Basis of Make-Up III (35mm, Farbe, 26 Minuten)
2002-2005 D'Annunzios Höhle (DigiBeta, Farbe, 52 Minuten)
2005-2006 Über fünfzig Kurzfilme zum Projekt Architektur Laboratorium Steiermark für die internationale Wanderausstellung Sense of Architecture (35mm-HDV, Farbe, zusammen 5 Stunden 30 Minuten)
2006-2007 Schindlers Häuser (35 mm, Farbe, 99 Minuten)
2006-2007 Loos ornamental (35 mm, Farbe, 72 Minuten)