LECTURE | Art + Design: Vienna 1900

Lecture | Art + Design: Vienna 1900 | Luba Sterlikova | Erich Keel

Few cities ca. 1900 were as decisive in the shaping of 20th century Europe as Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Hungarian Empire. Influential minds seemed to flourish in multicultural and multiethnic Vienna. Wittgenstein (philosophy), Freud (psychology), Arnold Schoenberg (music theory), and Alois Riegl (art history) must be viewed as some of the most important figures rejection traditions and rethinking our understanding of consciousness, perception and expression.  In the visual arts, dissatisfied painters established the Secession in 1897, while young designers and craftsmen formed the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903, contributing to this general climate of change and articulating a new sensibility in the ways of seeing and living.  This lecture will examine these bold overtures in the fields of art and design. In particular it will look at the Gustav Klimt’s innovative style of painting and designers’ parallel efforts in modernizing the art of the poster.
This lecture will be held by renown Russian born artist Luba Sterlikova and Erich Keel, former curator at the Kreeger Museum.

When: November 18, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008