Wenzel Hablik

Wenzel Hablik

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  • O.M. Ungers (collector)
  • Wenzel Hablik (creator)
  • Wenzel Hablik (architect)
  • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


Wenzel Hablik

Dates of creation

circa 1919-1920

Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 7 textual records
  • 1 drawing

Scope and Content

Series documents the contribution of architect Wenzel Hablik to the correspondence circle of Die gläserne Kette. Hablik participated using the pseudonym W.H..

Born in Brüx, Germany, (now Most, in Czech Republic) in 1881, Hablik worked as a porcelina painter from 1895 to 1897 and later as architectural draftsman. Between 1897 to 1902 he studied architecture at the Faschsdule für Tonindustrie und verwandte Gewerbe in Teplitz-Schönau, and at the Kungstgewerbeschule in Vienna in 1902. Between 1905 and 1906, he studied painting at the Akademie für bildenbe Künste in Prague. He worked in Itzehoe, Germany, after an invitation by a patron, Richard Biel, in 1907, where he start collaborating on textile designs with Elisabeth Lindemann, who he married in 1917. His work was exhibited at the Austellung für unbekannte Architeckten in 1919. The same year he joined the Arbeitsrat für Kunst lead by Bruno Taut. In 1925, Hablik published "Zyklus Architektur" an artist folio presenting some of his etched architectural fantasies. He worked for the family workshop by designing textiles and wall hangings. He died in 1934 in Itzehoe. (Source: Ian Boyd Whyte, Bruno Taut and the Architecture of Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982)

The series comprises letters and a drawing by Wenzel Hablik.

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    • Reference Number: DR1988:0018:001-005
    • Title: Material from Wenzel Hablik mostly for Die gläserne Kette
    • Dates of creation: between 1919 and 1920
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 5


    • Wenzel Hablik (author)
    • Wenzel Hablik (draughtsman)
    • Die gläserne Kette (correspondence writers)
    • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


    Part of a miscellaneous group of visual and textual documents collected by Oswald Mathais Ungers, apparently to represent the work of artists/architects in Die gläserne Kette. Primarily theoretical and visionary in content, this group includes letters and drawings which made up part of the Die gläserne Kette correspondence. The documents were accessioned as received in a beige folder.

    Quantity / Object type:

    7 file(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • theoretical drawings

    Technique and media:

    Mostly mimeograph copy with one graphite and black ball-point pen


    sheets (range): 16,5 to 33,2 x 21 to 33,1 cm

    Drawing Type:

    • line drawings

    Document Type:

    • correspondence

    Method of Projection:

    • pictorial drawings

    Physical Description:

    - There are old folds on all of the sheets and some small tears and folds. Two of the four reproductions of letters are two pages in length, while the two others and the draft of a letter are each one page in length.


    signed and dated - by the draughtsman or correspondent, on the originals or in graphite on the mimeographs, usually b.: with "WH" [letters superimposed] or "WAH" and frequently with the date stamped - on DR1988:0018:001r, in black ink, u.r.: with part of a stamp, including "HABLIK"




    • architecture

    Subject Descriptive Terms:

    • fantastic architecture
    • Expressionism

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:


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