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Art review: the multi-talented Koloman Moser lifted out of the shadow

the Artist Koloman Moser was only 50 years. It is certainly one of the reasons that he often had to stand in the shadow of the contemporary colleagues of Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann, but is now dedicated to Moser finally a big solo exhibition at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna.

the Trio belonged to the austrian modernism's pioneers, and was also some of the founders of the influential artists of the Vienna Secession in 1897. Inspired by the british arts and crafts movement started in Hoffmann and Moser in 1903, even the arts - and hantverkskooperativet the Wiener Werkstätte (Wienverkstaden). And it was in that context Koloman Moser seriously had the opportunity to grow their versatility.

the Members of the Wiener Werkstätte believed that even everyday items were to be considered as art and therefore put as much effort into their paintings as on the fixed fittings, loose furniture, textile patterns, tableware, jewelry, clothing, book and newspaper design, business cards, and wrapping paper.

examples of all genres, constantly signed the same ”Kolo Moser”. In total, over 300 items, mostly framgrävda from the museum's own stash.

Display of Koloman Moser, 1906. Photo: Georg Mayer

”Koloman Moser – universalkonstnär between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann” is a thoroughly, but a little conventional of the greatest show. The objects are structured in chronological order and supplemented with an educational timeline.

But if the design is well neat for my taste the way it up of the items. Every single subject can tolerate (and require) picture-from the early, gracefully elegant textile patterns and a privatbeställd skrivbordsmöbel with intarsia from 1903, to the color - and ljusstudierna in the oil painting, ”Männlicher Akt,” the 1913. Fixed the very bottom I get stuck in front of the stands presents Moser as illustrator and graphic designer. From his font for the drop caps, and ex.libris is absolutely magical and makes it extra clear that this is the design that was produced for more than 100 years ago – these works of art to the book and newspaper pages simply do not exist anymore.

Showcased with the pattern of Koloman Moser Photo: © Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK

Moser active during a time when it was in many ways easier than today to be a multi-faceted artist. Vienna was Europe's cultural stronghold, a city full of both affluent, visually interested people and of the cheap labor that was the premise for the Wiener Werkstätte would be able to exist. In the early 1900s Vienna, it was more the rule than the exception with waiters who could not afford to buy a cup of coffee in the café where they worked, " says an austrian guide who I talk with.

Moser-the exhibition takes the visitor on a fascinating journey, from his start as an illustrator, through his time as artist in the final years, when he completely devoted himself to his painting. And have you not had enough after a few hours here, it is only to wander further into the MAK's permanent collection. Although there have Moser made a clear imprint.

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