16
Jun
11

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

Exhibition dates: 18th June – 9th October 2011

 

Media preview for 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Media preview for Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

 

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!

Dr Marcus Bunyan

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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.

 

Installation view of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

I just couldn’t help myself!
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Installation view of first room of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Installation view of first room of the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Wilhelm Gause. 'Vienna Municipal Ball' 1904

 

At right

Wilhelm Gause (Germany 1853-1916)
Vienna Municipal Ball
1904
Watercolour and oil on cardboard
62 x 88cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Commissioned by the City of Vienna, 1904
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Wilhelm Gause. 'Vienna Municipal Ball' 1904

 

Wilhelm Gause (Germany 1853-1916)
Vienna Municipal Ball
1904
Watercolour and oil on cardboard
62 x 88cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Commissioned by the City of Vienna, 1904

 

 

Stylish, provocative, rebellious, and unforgettable – the world has seen nothing like Vienna in 1900. A century ago, a group of radical young artists, architects, writers, musicians, designers and thinkers overturned all the rules and created a brave new world. Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos were central to this artistic revolution which transformed Vienna into a dynamic metropolis at the forefront of ground-breaking modernism.

Vienna at the dawn of the twentieth century was opulent, elegant and daring. Casting aside outmoded social mores and moralities, private life became public spectacle. Cabarets, coffee houses, and nightclubs teemed with radical debate and artistic abandon. Gustav Klimt’s society portraits immortalise the chic women who presided over this creative ferment. Josef Hoffmann and the Vienna Workshops created the bold new interior design and the household objects with which these women furnished their elegant homes, establishing the modern ‘look’. As Sigmund Freud defined sexual fragmentation and erotic obsession for a new millennium, Egon Schiele explored human sexuality in images of unparalleled and startling frankness.

Vienna: Art & Design will explore this extraordinary period of artistic and intellectual genius, bringing together more than 250 works of art, including painting, drawing, graphic and decorative art, furniture, fashion, jewellery and photography, most never before seen in Australia. Visitors will experience the inventiveness and brilliance of a unique generation who laid the foundations for life in the twentieth century – a legacy still vividly alive today.

Text from the National Gallery of Victoria website Nd [Online] Cited 22/07/2022

 

Otto Wagner (designer) Austria 1841–1918 Alexander Albert (manufacturer) Austria active c. 1904 'Chair for Dr Karl Lueger' 1904

 

Otto Wagner (architect) (Austrian, 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 59.5cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Estate of Karl Lueger, 1910
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870-1956) (designer)  J. & J. Kohn, Vienna (manufacturer) 'Adjustable-back chair' (Sitzmaschine) 1908

 

Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870-1956) (designer)
J. & J. Kohn, Vienna (manufacturer)
Adjustable-back chair (Sitzmaschine)
1908
Ebonised Beech (Fagus sp.), plywood, steel
(a-b) 110.8 x 68.1 x 83.7cm (overall)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Jardine Matheson Australia, Fellow, 1983
© Estate of Josef Hoffmann

 

Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870-1956) (designer)  Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna (commissioning workshop) J. Soulek, Vienna (manufacturer) 'Bureau, from the Gallia apartment boudoir' 1913

 

Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870-1956) (designer)
Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna (commissioning workshop)
J. Soulek, Vienna (manufacturer)
Bureau, from the Gallia apartment boudoir
1913
Painted wood, gilt, glass, silk, brass
(a-m) 179.4 x 110.9 x 64.6cm (overall)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Samuel E. Wills Bequest, 1976
© Estate of Josef Hoffmann

 

Otto Wagner (architect) (Austria 1841-1918) Reconstruction of facade for Die Zeit 1902 designed, 1985 made

 

Otto Wagner (architect) (Austria 1841-1918)
Reconstruction of facade for Die Zeit (installation view)
1902 designed, 1985 made
Iron, aluminium, nickel-plated iron, glass
450 x 332cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Commissioned by the Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, 1985
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Otto Wagner (architect) (Austria 1841-1918) Reconstruction of facade for Die Zeit 1902 designed, 1985 made (installation detail)

 

Otto Wagner (architect) (Austria 1841-1918)
Reconstruction of facade for Die Zeit (installation detail)
1902 designed, 1985 made
Iron, aluminium, nickel-plated iron, glass
450 x 332cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Commissioned by the Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, 1985
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Otto Wagner objects including shelving, stool, chair and hot air blower (rear) in the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Otto Wagner objects including shelving, stool, chair and hot air blower (rear) in the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Gustave Klimt. 'The Park' 1909 (installation detail)

 

Gustav Klimt (Austria 1862-1918)
The Park (installation detail)
1909
Oil on canvas
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Gustave Klimt. The Park' 1909 (installation detail)

 

Gustav Klimt (Austria 1862-1918)
The Park (installation detail)
1909
Oil on canvas
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Installation view part of the second room of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Installation view part of the second room of the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Wilhelm Otto List. 'Young lady in black and white' 1904 (installation detail)

 

Wilhelm Otto List
Young lady in black and white (installation detail)
1904
Oil on canvas
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Charles Robert Ashbee designer 'Standing cup and cover' 1901 and Josef Hoffmann. ''Sports Trophy' 1902 (installation view)

 

Charles Robert Ashbee (designer) (British, 1863-1942)
Standing cup and cover (installation view)
1901
Silver, turqoise

Josef Hoffmann (designer) (Austria-Hungary 1870-1956)
Sports Trophy (installation view)
1902
Silver, gilt, malachite
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Josef Hoffmann (designer) (Austria-Hungary 1870-1956) WIENER WERKSTÄTTE Vienna (manufacturer) (Austria-Hungary 1903-1932) 'Tea service' (c. 1909-1911) (installation view)

 

Josef Hoffmann (designer) (Austria-Hungary 1870-1956)
Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna (manufacturer) Austria-Hungary 1903-1932
Tea service (installation view)
c. 1909-1911
Silver-gilt, wood
(1.A-E) 21.5 x 29.0 x 26.8cm (overall) (kettle, stand and burner)
(2) 10.8 x 15.4 x 20.2cm (teapot)
(3.A-B) 8.7 x 8.8 x 6.8cm (overall) (sugar basin and lid)
(4) 4.8 x 8.5 x 15.6cm (milk jug)
(5) 3.4 x 36.3 x 29.9cm (tray)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased, 1985
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Installation view of room three of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria showing part of Gustave Klimt's 'Beethoven Frieze: Central wall' 1901-02 (detail at top)

 

Installation view of room three of the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria showing part of Gustave Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze: Central wall 1901-1902 (detail at top)
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Max Klinger (German, 1857-1920) 'Beethoven' c. 1902 (installation view)

 

Max Klinger (German, 1857-1920)
Beethoven (installation view)
c. 1902
Plaster
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Installation view of room four of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Installation view of room four of the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria with at right, Gustav Klimt’s painting Emilie Flöge (1902)
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Gustav Klimt (Austria 1862-1918) 'Emilie Flöge' 1902

 

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918)
Emilie Flöge
1902
Oil on canvas
178.0 x 80.0cm
Wien Museum, Vienna

 

Gustav Klimt (Austria 1862-1918) 'Emilie Flöge' 1902 (installation detail)

 

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918)
Emilie Flöge (installation detail)
1902
Oil on canvas
178.0 x 80.0cm
Wien Museum, Vienna
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Installation view of room five of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Installation view of room five of the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Koloman Moser designer. 'Armchair' 1903 and Josef Hoffmann designer. 'Collapsible library steps' 1905 (installation view)

 

At right

Koloman Moser (designer) (Austrian, 1868-1918)
Armchair (installation view)
1903
Painted beech

Second right

Josef Hoffmann (designer) (Austrian, 1870-1956)
Collapsible library steps (installation view)
1905
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Gustav Klimt (Austria 1862-1918) 'Fritza Riedler' 1906 (installation detail)

 

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918)
Fritza Riedler (installation detail)
1906
Oil on canvas
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Gustav Klimt (Austria 1862-1918) 'Fritza Riedler' 1906

 

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918)
Fritza Riedler
1906
Oil on canvas
152.0 x 134.0cm
Belvedere, Vienna

 

Installation view of room six of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

Installation view of room six of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Installation views of room six of the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870-1956) 'Tea and coffee service' 1909 (installation view)

 

Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870-1956)
Tea and coffee service (installation view)
1909
Silver, ivory
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Installation view of room seven of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Installation view of room seven of the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria with, against the wall,

Adolf Loos (Austrian, 1870-1933) (designer)
Sideboard, from the Langer apartment
1903
Mahogany (Swietenia sp.), mirror, brass
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Adolf Loos (Austrian, 1870-1933) (designer)  Johann Heeg (manufacturer) 'Clock' 1906-1907

 

Adolf Loos (Austrian, 1870-1933) (designer)
Johann Heeg (manufacturer)
Clock
1906-1907
Brass, glass, clock mechanism, enamel paint, steel
(a-b) 42.7 x 43.0 x 32.7cm (overall) (c) 7.4 x 5.5 x 0.8cm (key)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Waltons Limited, Fellow, 1987

 

Installation view of room seven of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Installation view of room seven of the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Ferdinand Andri (Austrian, 1871-1956) 'The Gallia children' 1901

 

Ferdinand Andri (Austrian, 1871-1956)
The Gallia children
1901
Oil on canvas

with Josef Hoffmann furniture in the foreground
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Gustave Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918) 'Portrait of Hermine Gallia' 1904 (installation detail)

 

Gustave Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918)
Portrait of Hermine Gallia (installation detail)
1904
Oil on canvas
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Pieces of Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Mosser silver in the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Pieces of Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Mosser silver in the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria. Love the reflected light!
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Installation view of room eight of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

Installation view of room eight of the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Installation views of room eight of the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria
Photos: Marcus Bunyan

 

Objects by Dagobert Peche (left, right and second right) and Josef Hoffmann in the exhibition 'Vienna - Art & Design' at the National Gallery of Victoria

 

Objects by Dagobert Peche (left, right and second right) and Josef Hoffmann in the exhibition Vienna – Art & Design at the National Gallery of Victoria
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Egon Schiele (Austria 1890-1918) 'Portrait of a boy (Portrait of Herbert Rainer aged approximately six)' 1910 (installation detail)

 

Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890-1918)
Portrait of a boy (Portrait of Herbert Rainer aged approximately six) (installation detail)
1910
Oil on canvas
Photo: Marcus Bunyan

 

Egon Schiele (Austria 1890-1918) 'Portrait of a boy (Portrait of Herbert Rainer aged approximately six)' 1910

 

Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890-1918)
Portrait of a boy (Portrait of Herbert Rainer aged approximately six)
1910
Oil on canvas
101.0 x 101.5cm
Belvedere, Vienna

 

 

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, an art and cultural memory archive, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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