The exhibition JOSEF HOFFMANN FRIEDRICH KIESLER: Contemporary Art Applied presents the furniture and interior designs
of Josef Hoffmann in juxtaposition to the complex and versatile work of Frederick Kiesler. It is already the seventh time
that the Josef Hoffmann Museum in Brtnice is hosting a joint exhibition project between the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the
MAK in Vienna devoted to the influence of Hoffmann and his works on important artists and architects of the twentieth and
twentyfirst centuries. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private
Foundation and is presenting Kieslers works for the first time in the Czech Republic.The early oeuvre of Frederick Kiesler (Czernowitz 18901965 New York) in Vienna is marked by works for the theater. Following
on from his great success in the Internationale Ausstellung neuer Theatertechnik (International Exhibition of New Theatre
Techniques) in 1924 in the Vienna Konzerthaus, for which he conceived the Raumbühne (Space Stage) and the Leger- und
Trägersystem (L+T System, a flexible montage system for presenting objects and paintings), Josef Hoffmann invited him to design
the Austrian theater section for the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes (1925) in Paris.
This commission turned out to be the beginning of Kieslers international career as an artist, designer, architect, and
stage designer. The interest for his monumental floating structure Raumstadt (City in Space) developed as a result of this
was such that Kiesler was invited to take part in the International Theater Exposition in the Steinway Building in New York,
(1926).Drawings, photographs, and models from the years 1924 to 1940 give an impression of Frederick Kieslers development as
a furniture artist. Kiesler became a designer of complete interiors, which materialize as model spaces of Modernism, and created
remarkable objects on the borderline between utility furnishings and art objects, such as the Nesting Tables (ca. 1935), which
can also be correspondingly presented as works of art. They invite comparison with the radical reductionism in Hoffmanns
early furniture design (Brettlstil, slat style, Einfache Möbel, 1901) and his archi tecture (Westend
Sanatorium, Purkersdorf, 1905; Stoclet House, Brussels, 1911). Kieslers ambition to blend artistic genres and to understand
creative work as a form of technology bequeaths a modernity to Kieslers work idea and justifies
ist renewed integration into contemporary design production.Curator Rainald Franz, Curator, MAK Glass and Ceramics CollectionA cooperation of the Moravian Gallery in Brno, the MAK, Vienna and the Kiesler Privat Foundation.
Josef Hoffmann Friedrich Kiesler
Contemporary Art Applied
Tue, 28.05.2013–Sun, 27.10.2013
Josef Hoffmann Museum, Brtnice, Czech Republic
For the realization of the exhibition and other exhibition and tourism projects in the Centrope Region, the MAK, in conjunction
with the Moravian Gallery in Brno, is receiving financial support from the sponsoring program of the European Union European
Territorial Cooperation Austria-Czech Republic 20072013.
Josef Hoffmann Museumnáměstí Svobody 263588 32 BrtniceCzech RepublicT +420 724 543 722
Opening HoursMay/Jun/Sep/Oct:Tue–Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m.Jul/Aug:open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.Last at 4 p.m.
AdmissionCZK 40 / reduced CZK 20
Contact MAKRainald FranzT + 43 1 711 36-220A joint branch of the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the MAK, Vienna.
How to get there from ViennaTake the “Donauufer” highway A22/E49/E59 and continue on the B303 towards Hollabrunn/Znojmo/Prague, pass Hollabrunn and continue
to the border crossing Kleinhaugsdorf/Znojmo; in Czechia, take the 38/E59 via Znojmo and Moravske Budejovice to Stonarov where
you turn off onto the 402; continue for three kilometers before turning off onto the 403; you will reach the center of Brtnice
after 4 kilometers.