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Exhibition: ‘Vienna – Art & Design’ at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 18th June – 9th October 2011

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A subtle pleasure

The delicate paintings are smaller with a flatness of texture and a sombreness that I had not imagined; magnificent in their subtlety. The real stars of this wonderful exhibition, however, are the design pieces. Whether silver, wood, ceramic, glass or jewellery the designs are balanced by a glorious aesthetic. Never has a tea service looked so ravishing or decadent.

This is not a wham bang show like Dali or that other King of some fame showing elsewhere. This is for a discerning audience – one that can take time (between pots of tea) to study and go ooh and aah!

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Many thankx to the National Gallery of Victoria for inviting me and for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image. All photographs © Marcus Bunyan 2011 except the photographs of the full paintings which come from the NGV press CD ROM.

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Media preview for ‘Vienna – Art & Design’ at the National Gallery of Victoria

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I just couldn’t help myself!

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Installation view of first room

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At right

Wilhelm GAUSE
Germany 1853 – 1916
Vienna Municipal Ball
1904
watercolour and oil on cardboard
62.0 x 88.0 cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Commissioned by the City of Vienna, 1904

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Wilhelm GAUSE
Germany 1853 – 1916
Vienna Municipal Ball
1904
watercolour and oil on cardboard
62.0 x 88.0 cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Commissioned by the City of Vienna, 1904

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Otto WAGNER (designer)
Austria 1841 – 1918
Alexander ALBERT (manufacturer)
Austria active c.1904
Chair for Dr Karl Lueger
1904
Rosewood (Dalbergia sp.), mother-of-pearl, leather
98.5 x 63 x 59.5 cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Estate of Karl Lueger, 1910

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Otto WAGNER (architect)
Austria 1841 – 1918
Reconstruction of facade for Die Zeit
1902 designed, 1985 made
iron, aluminium, nickel-plated iron, glass
450.0 x 332.0 cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Commissioned by the Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, 1985

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Otto WAGNER (architect)
Austria 1841 – 1918
Reconstruction of facade for Die Zeit (detail)
1902 designed, 1985 made
iron, aluminium, nickel-plated iron, glass
450.0 x 332.0 cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Commissioned by the Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, 1985

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Various Otto Wagner objects including shelving, stool, chair and hot air blower (rear)

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Gustave Klimt
The Park (detail)
1909
oil on canvas

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Gustave Klimt
The Park (detail)
1909
oil on canvas

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Installation view part of the second room

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Wilhelm Otto List
Young lady in black and white (detail)
1904
oil on canvas

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Charles Robert Ashbee (designer)
Standing cup and cover
1901
silver, turqoise

Josef Hoffmann (designer)
Sports Trophy
1902
silver, gilt, malachite

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Josef HOFFMANN (designer)
Austria-Hungary 1870 – 1956
WIENER WERKSTÄTTE, Vienna (manufacturer) Austria-Hungary 1903 – 32
Tea service
c. 1909 – 1911
silver-gilt, wood
(1.A-E) 21.5 x 29.0 x 26.8 cm (overall) (kettle, stand and burner)
(2) 10.8 x 15.4 x 20.2 cm (teapot)
(3.A-B) 8.7 x 8.8 x 6.8 cm (overall) (sugar basin and lid)
(4) 4.8 x 8.5 x 15.6 cm (milk jug)
(5) 3.4 x 36.3 x 29.9 cm (tray)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased, 1985

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Installation view of room three showing part of Gustave Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze: Central wall 1901 – 02 (detail at top)

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Max Klinger
Beethoven
c.1902
plaster

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Installation view of room four

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Gustav KLIMT
Austria 1862 – 1918
Emilie Flöge
1902
oil on canvas
178.0 x 80.0 cm
Wien Museum, Vienna

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Gustav KLIMT
Austria 1862 – 1918
Emilie Flöge (detail)
1902
oil on canvas
178.0 x 80.0 cm
Wien Museum, Vienna

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Installation view of room five

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At right

Koloman Moser (designer)
Armchair
1903
Painted Beech

Second right

Josef Hoffmann (designer)
Collapsible library steps
1905

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Gustav KLIMT
Austria 1862 – 1918
Fritza Riedler (detail)
1906
oil on canvas

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Gustav KLIMT
Austria 1862 – 1918
Fritza Riedler
1906
oil on canvas
152.0 x 134.0 cm
Belvedere, Vienna

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Installation views of room six

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Josef Hoffmann
Tea and coffee service
1909
Silver, ivory

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Installation view of room seven with, against the wall,

Adolf LOOS (designer)
Austria 1870 – 1933
Sideboard, from the Langer apartment
1903
Mahogany (Swietenia sp.), mirror, brass

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Installation view of room seven

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Ferdinand Andri
The Gallia children
1901
oil on canvas

with Josef Hoffmann furniture in the foreground

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Gustave Klimt
Portrait of Hermine Gallia (detail)
1904
oil on canvas

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Various pieces of Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Mosser silver. Love the reflected light!

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Installation views of room eight

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Various objects by Dagobert Peche (left, right and second right) and Josef Hoffmann

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Egon SCHIELE
Austria 1890 – 1918
Portrait of a boy (Portrait of Herbert Rainer aged approximately six) (detail)
1910
oil on canvas

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Egon SCHIELE
Austria 1890 – 1918
Portrait of a boy (Portrait of Herbert Rainer aged approximately six)
1910
oil on canvas
101.0 x 101.5 cm
Belvedere, Vienna

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NGV International
180 St Kilda Road

Opening hours
10am – 5pm. Closed Tuesdays.

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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