A little over 100 years ago in Vienna, Austria, a group of radical young creators and thinkers overturned all the rules and created a brave new world. This exhibition explores this extraordinary period, bringing together some 300 works by the greatest Viennese artists of the early twentieth century. Vienna: Art and Design, 18 Jun 2011 - 09 Oct 2011 NGV International 180 St Kilda Road
Stop 1: Old Vienna
Graham Abbott begins by exploring an incredibly dynamic moment in history: Vienna, at the start of the twentieth-century. The revolutionary spirit of reform of the late 1800’s lead to great feats of urban planning, modern engineering and architecture.
Stop 2: In the Beginning
Here we are introduced to Karl Lueger, Vienna’s Mayor from 1893 to 1910. Lueger’s tenure as Mayor incorporated many successes including the appointment of talents, such as Otto Wagner, to design innovative new buildings for the new metropolis.
Stop 3: Postal Savings Bank
The Postal Savings Bank of 1903 was the ultimate manifestation of Otto Wagner’s functional and aesthetic principles and one of Vienna’s most significant examples of early modern architecture.
Stop 4: Otto Wagner
In the late 1890’s Otto Wagner announced a new way forward for modern architecture and design. Here we take a look at a reconstruction of Wagner’s extraordinary façade for the telegraphic offices of Die Zeit.
Stop 5: International Influences
The Vienna Secession was established in 1897 by a group of discontented young artists, designers and architects who set out to explore art unencumbered by the constraints of the academic system.
Stop 6: Beethoven Frieze
To honour the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Beethoven’s death, in 1902 the Vienna Seccession held a great exhibition. This memorable event exemplifies the underlining vision of the group: the concept of gesamtkunstwerk, the total work of art.