Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897-1907


Koloman Moser, Armchair ca. 1903
Koloman Moser, Armchair ca. 1903

Neue Galerie New York presents a monographic exhibition devoted to the Austrian artist, designer, and Wiener Werkstätte co-founder Koloman Moser (1868-1918). This show surveys the sum of Moser’s decorative arts career, comprising important interior design commissions, examples of graphic design, furniture, textiles, jewelry, metalwork, glass, and ceramics, many of which are illustrated by rare preparatory drawings and prints.

A pioneer of modern design, Moser worked across diverse types of media in two and three dimensions. This assemblage of over 200 works focuses on the period from 1897 to 1907 and explores the entirety of his material output, tracing the evolution of his early work as a graphic artist to his work as a furniture designer and interior architect. The show concludes with a focus on Moser’s seminal role as co-founder of the Wiener Werkstätte, a celebrated applied arts collective he formed with Josef Hoffmann and patron Fritz Waerndorfer in May 1903.

Designed by Chicago-based architect John Vinci, the exhibition is styled as an immersive environment intended to capture the Viennese ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art. Period wall treatments will also be recreated in order to evoke Moser’s design aesthetic.

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The brainchild of art dealer Serge Sabarsky and philanthropist Ronald S. Lauder, the two-floor Neue Galerie New York opened in 2001 to exhibit early 20th-century German and Austrian art and design.


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