Leo and Gretl Wollner
Introducing the art work and design work of Leo and Gretl Wollner
The Wiener Werkstätte is well known for its creative work in architecture, interior design and furniture as well as fashion and textile design. Founded in the beginning of the 20th century it became an international design movement.
Josef Hoffmann, one of its founders inspired many young talents - among them - Leo and Gretl Wollner.
They studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna in the difficult period of WW II and shortly after. Their teacher was Josef Wimmer-Wisgrill - an artist who worked in various fields like fashion, decorative arts and interior design.
Already during their studies at the Academy Josef Hoffmann recognised the talent of the Wollners and invited them to work with him.
To rebuild life after WWII meant to start from scratch with very little to nothing and with a lot of ingenuity and creatitvity. The great gift the Wollners received from the pre-war generation: a profound training in textile craft and a highly evolved understanding of aesthetic applied to design. The rigid division between visual arts and applied arts had been overcome already by the artists of the Wiener Werkstätte. Now in the fifties and sixties the Wollners were free to evolve and develop their artistic and crafts skills freely. They were quickly moving beyond the Austrian borders to the USA, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain.... soon to be well known and successful designers in the field of textile, both for industrial use as well as for artistic originals.
Competitions, Design Awards, Exhibitions
1951 IX.Triennale Milan silver medal
1953 Int. Carpet Competition Detroit USA 1. and 2. prize and 2 honourable
1953 Wall Covering American Institute of Decorators mentions
1954 X. Triennale Milan / Italy gold medal
1957 XI. Triennale Milan / Italy prize / textile competition
1957 Academy of Fine Arts/ Stuttgart, Germany
Leo Wollner is appointed professor to teach at the textile department
1958 exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam/Netherlands
1959 Award of the city of Vienna /category applied art for Leo Wollner
1959 exhibition “grete und leo wollner” Museum of Applied Art in Vienna
1959 exhibition Landesgewerbemuseum Stuttgart/Germany
1961 XII. Triennale MIlan /Italy silver medal
1966 Faenza / Italy prize for a porcelaine decor
1966 United Carpet Trades, London / UK 1st prize
1971 Award Knoll International USA Curtain “Sling”
Various exhibitions in Linz, Munich, Stuttgart, Rotterdam and Vienna.
Various exhibitions together with the textile students of the academy of Stuttgart.
1980-1994 exhibitions in the showroom in 1010 Wien, Grünangergasse 1