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Lecture

René d’Harnoncourt and The Art of Installation

by Michelle Elligott, Chief of Archives, Library and Research Collections, MoMA
Mi, 7.9.2022 18 Uhr

MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst

René d’Harnoncourt and The Art of Installation
followed by drinks and conversation 

MAK Lecture Hall
Entrance: Weiskirchnerstraße 1 (opposite the Stadtpark)
 
Free admission with registration
The talk is held in English.
 
The MAK invites you to a lecture by MoMA’s Chief of Archives, Library and Research Collections, Michelle Elligott, on the seminal MoMA director René d’Harnoncourt, born in Vienna in 1901 and one of the most influential figures with regard to exhibition design and innovative curatorial approaches.
 
René d’Harnoncourt—artist, curator and director of The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) from 1949 to 1968—is widely known for his conscientious and revolutionary approach to curating and exhibition design. A deep love for the work of art coupled with a talent for drawing, but above all his self-developed method for installing exhibitions made d’Harnoncourt, who had arrived in the New World as an “Austrian nobleman chemist,” an extraordinary exhibition organizer and museum director. 
 
His unique approach to installation design and display shaped a methodology that has influenced how exhibitions are organized to this day. Starting with meticulous drawings of the objects to be exhibited, he then considered exciting groupings of and dialogues between the works. His detailed “vistas”—elevations of the galleries—aimed to conjure in advance the viewer’s perspective and experience in the space. 
 
The lecture will showcase d’Harncourt’s life and career from his birth into an aristocratic landowning family in Austria, to his formative years in Mexico, and his career as an exhibition maker and museum director in New York. Furthermore, it will illustrate his approach to exhibition installation and highlight some of his most memorable shows, which often presented art from outside the Western canon—an approach which still seems very timely today. 



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followed by drinks and conversation 

MAK Lecture Hall
Entrance: Weiskirchnerstraße 1 (opposite the Stadtpark)
 
Free admission with registration
The talk is held in English.
 
The MAK invites you to a lecture by MoMA’s Chief of Archives, Library and Research Collections, Michelle Elligott, on the seminal MoMA director René d’Harnoncourt, born in Vienna in 1901 and one of the most influential figures with regard to exhibition design and innovative curatorial approaches.
 
René d’Harnoncourt—artist, curator and director of The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) from 1949 to 1968—is widely known for his conscientious and revolutionary approach to curating and exhibition design. A deep love for the work of art coupled with a talent for drawing, but above all his self-developed method for installing exhibitions made d’Harnoncourt, who had arrived in the New World as an “Austrian nobleman chemist,” an extraordinary exhibition organizer and museum director. 
 
His unique approach to installation design and display shaped a methodology that has influenced how exhibitions are organized to this day. Starting with meticulous drawings of the objects to be exhibited, he then considered exciting groupings of and dialogues between the works. His detailed “vistas”—elevations of the galleries—aimed to conjure in advance the viewer’s perspective and experience in the space. 
 
The lecture will showcase d’Harncourt’s life and career from his birth into an aristocratic landowning family in Austria, to his formative years in Mexico, and his career as an exhibition maker and museum director in New York. Furthermore, it will illustrate his approach to exhibition installation and highlight some of his most memorable shows, which often presented art from outside the Western canon—an approach which still seems very timely today. 



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