Vienna: Art & Design opens at NGV

Published:  June 20, 2011
Vienna: Art & Design opens at NGV

The National Gallery of Victoria as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces is now home to the Vienna Art & Design Exhibition. Opening over the weekend, the exhibition is made possible by an enormous collaboration with an array of private lenders and the Viennese Museums; the Belvedere and the Wien Museum. The exhibit displays artworks and design work from the height of the Viennese Modernist movement, never before all seen together within the same exhibition.

The artists displayed including Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Otto Wagner are synonymous with the Viennese Secession Movement – a movement famed for creating a revolution against confining academic and artistic traditions in the early 20th century. The movement is remembered for its rebellion against traditional forms and the marriage between artistic function and form leading to a greater emphasis on design and how it relates to culture and modern life. The members of this movement were artists, architects, musicians, writers, designers and creative minded thinkers who forged something unique and new. Vienna is well known historically as the forefront of design and it was this very revolution that led to their claim.

Renouncing the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts, the movement in turn led to a new flourishing community of graphic designers. Within the exhibit of note are the poster designs and original typography use of the Secession movement, offering an interesting look at the movements experimental use of colour, geometry and pattern. The evolution of modern design owes a lot to these works, which in many ways gave birth to communication design as it is known today.

Vienna: Art and Design is open daily from 10am-5pm from the 18th of June till the 9th of October and has extended opening hours till 9pm  every Wednesday for the Art after Dark program.

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Here are some of our happy snaps from the media preview:

Vienna: Art & Design - NGV

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