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Koloman Moser, Wardrobe from the Bedroom of the Eisler von Terramare Apartment, 1902–03, execution: J. W. Müller, probably Vienna; maple (formerly stained gray), marquetry of different woods, mother-of-pearl and ivory inlay, Ernst Ploil, Vienna. Photo © Ernst Ploil, Vienna

Koloman Moser and Vienna’s Fin-de-siècle Architecture

Friday, Oct 25, 2013
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Dietmar Froehlich, associate professor, University of Houston, and Celeste Williams, AIA

At the turn of the 20th century, Vienna was the cultural epicenter of Central Europe. As capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna was teeming with talent in art, science, literature, philosophy, and architecture. The Vienna Secession was founded in 1897, and the Wiener Werkstätten followed in 1905. In this context, Koloman Moser collaborated with Otto Wagner, the foremost city planner and architect of the Empire, as did Wagner’s pupils, including Jože Plečnik and Joseph Maria Olbrich. Other notables working during this period included Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos.

During this lecture, architect and architecture professor Dietmar Froehlich and architect Celeste Williams discuss the timeless, the transitional, and the modern in Vienna’s fin-de-siècle architecture. Presented in conjunction with 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 two free tickets; Leadership Circle members receive unlimited free tickets for all Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lectures.

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Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; the National Museum of Korea; 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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