Vienna 1924.
Hotspot of the Avant-Garde

prolonged due to the great success

Vienna 1924.
Hotspot of the

March 13, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Exhibition duration:
March 14 – June 1, 2018
prolonged until June 29, 2018
September 4 – December 21, 2018

Curated by
Peter Bogner and Gerd Zillner

Link to the Exhibition

For a short time Vienna became the center of the avant-garde …

In 1924 Friedrich Kiesler organized the International Exhibition of New Theater Techniques as part of the Vienna Music and Theater Festival. He collected hundreds of theater concepts, stage decorations and costume designs, posters and models, inter alia from Russia, Italy, Germany, France and Austria. The Who’s who of the avant-garde met at the exhibition in the Wiener Konzerthaus. This enabled an exchange between the artists of Futurism, Constructivism, the Bauhaus and the artists of the De Stijl movement. As one of the leading thinkers of the theater avant-garde, the cleverly networking Kiesler acted as a link between the individual artistic trends.

In keeping with the tradition of Viennese Modernism’s “total work of art,” he conceived the Leger- and Trägersystem (L+T System), a flexible, free-standing construction for the presentation of objects and images for the exhibition’s display structure. Kiesler also designed the poster, the catalog and all other types of printed matter for the exhibition according to a uniform concept. With the spiral shaped Space Stage he also contributed the centerpiece of the exhibition.

This unique guest performance by the avant-garde in Vienna will be presented to the public in a focused studio exhibition. An extensive catalog and several lectures present the results of the most recent research on Kiesler’s early creative period in Vienna.

Map & Contact


Österreichische Friedrich und Lillian Kiesler-Privatstiftung
Mariahilfer Straße 1b/Top 1
1060 Wien
T +43 1 5130775


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