Since its inception in 2002, Neue Galerie has hosted dozens of exhibitions highlighting early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design. VHA has consulted on the design of many of these shows, as noted below.
Wiener Werkstätte: The Luxury of Beauty: 1903-1932
The intent of the Wiener Werkstätte exhibition was to suggest exhibitions and interiors of the era. The installation included furniture and decorative arts objects, featuring jewelry, fashion, metalwork, ceramics, drawings, wallpaper and graphic design. VHA worked with the Neue curators to transform the existing galleries into environments that illustrated a specific narrative. Casework and surfaces, such as the fluted walls in the middle gallery, were crafted to illustrate aspects of Wiener Werkstätte interiors and create an immersive experience for the visitor.
Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna: 1897-1907
VHA collaborated with the Neue Galerie team for the design of this monographic exhibition devoted to the Austrian artist, designer, and Wiener Werkstätte co-founder Koloman Moser. The show surveys Moser’s entire decorative arts career, including interiors, graphic design, furniture, textiles, jewelry, metalwork, glass, and ceramics.
Vienna 1900: Style and Identity
This exhibition of fine and decorative arts in turn-of-the-century Vienna examined the redefinition of individual identity in the modern age. Major works by Klimt, Kokoschka, and Schiele were highlighted, as well as furniture by Wagner and Loos and decorative work by Hoffmann and Moser. Working closely with the museum's curators, VHA designed this special exhibition, including gallery layout, custom casework, and decorative schemes.
Josef Hoffmann: Interiors 1902-1913
This exhibition featured four complete interiors by the influential Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann. VHA collaborated closely with Neue Galerie curators in the design and execution of the recreations, including a girl's bedroom from the Max Biach residence (Vienna 1902), a bedroom from the Hans Salzer residence (Vienna 1902), the dining room from the residence of Jerome Stonborough and Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein (Berlin 1905), and the dining room from the residence of the Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler (Geneva 1913).
Each interior featured numerous objects original to those rooms: furniture, wall and floor coverings, textiles, lighting, ceramics, glass, and metalwork. Many of these products were produced under the auspices of the influential Wiener Werkstatte, of which Hoffmann was the artistic director.
Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstätte
VHA assisted the Neue Galerie in the design and installation of this temporary exhibition devoted to Secession-era designer Dagobert Peche, featuring wallcoverings based on the artists' textile designs and new cases inspired by his furniture designs.
Photographs courtesy of the Neue Galerie and as noted:
Wiener Werkstätte: The Luxury of Beauty: 1903-1932 Installtion photography by Hulya Kolabas
Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna: 1897-1907 Installation photography Hulya Kolabas
Vienna 1900: Style and Identity Installation photography by Hulya Kolabas
Josef Hoffmann: Interiors 1902-1913 Installation photography by Harry Zernike
Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstätte Installation photography by Annie Schlechter