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Koloman Moser, Armchair, c. 1903, execution: Prag-Rudniker Korbwaren Fabrication; beechwood, painted white; woven cane seat, painted black and white. Photo © Neue Galerie New York

Design at the Turn of the Century: Koloman Moser and His Circle, 1890–1910

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Cindi Strauss, curator of decorative arts and design, MFAH

Vienna at the turn of the 20th century was an incubator for progressive design. As one of the leaders of the design revolution, Koloman Moser and his colleagues Josef Hoffmann, Dagobert Pesce, Josef Maria Olbrich, and others developed a new Viennese modernism that remains influential today. Surveying their work for the Vienna Secession, Wiener Werkstatte, and private commissions as well as their collaborations with industry, this lecture provides an overview of this dynamic period in design history, which can be seen in the exhibition Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna, 1897–1907.

A reception follows. Questions about the content of this lecture? E-mail

$5 MFAH Members*
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission
* Members at the Patron, Supporting, Sponsor, and Benefactor levels receive up to two free tickets; Leadership Circle members receive unlimited free tickets for all Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lectures.

Secure your seat in advance! Beginning September 24, click the "Get Tickets" button and use your own printer; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Michael C. Linn in memory of his mother Patricia G. Linn; the National Museum of Korea; Mrs. Evelyn Houstoun Chew; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Americana Foundation; The Boeing Company; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Cameron International Corporation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.

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