Neue Galerie Exhibits Koloman Moser Works
The Neue Galerie New York recently opened an exhibit called Designing Modern Vienna, devoted to Austrian artist, designer and co-founder of the Wiener Werkstätte arts collective, Koloman Moser. This is the first exhibit in the U.S. to exclusively feature his work.
Over 200 works are currently on display, focusing on Moser’s shift in style from graphic artist to interior architect between 1897 and 1907. Mediums include interior design, furniture, textiles, metalwork, and ceramics. Most of the works are juxtaposed with rare preparatory drawings and prints.
Moser is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the fin-de-siècle Vienna period and co-founded the Vienna Secession movement.
The exhibition concludes with a focus on Moser’s role as a founder of Wiener Werkstätte, the famous applied arts collective he formed with Josef Hoffmann and Fritz Wärndorfer in 1903. Based on a holistic approach to art, the collective became its own brand that marketed an extensive line of hand-crafted and textile goods.
The exhibit was designed by Chicago-based architect John Vinci to capture the Viennese ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art). Designing Modern Vienna runs through September 2, 2013. The Neue Galerie is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue and 86th Street in Manhattan.