Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
at 6 p.m.:


Ballet mécanique: the movie, its authors and its reception in Vienna 1924
Lecture by Mauro Piccinini
in English
in the course of the exhibition
„Vienna 1924. Hotspot of the Avant-garde“

Friday, April 13, 2018
at 6 p.m.:


„Face to Face with the Avant-Garde“
Talk and Presentation of Archival Material
with Peter Bogner and Gerd Zillner
in the course of the Long Night of Research

More Information here

Further Lectures in the Series „Vienna 1924“:


Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 6 p.m.:
Alexandra Caruso on the Society for the Promotion of Modern Art in Vienna
(in German)

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 6 p.m.:
Barbara Lesák, Brigitte Marschall and Gerd Zillner on the Space Stage and the plagiarism trial Levy Moreno versus Kiesler (in German)


Vienna 1924.
Hotspot of the Avant-Garde

Vienna 1924.
Hotspot of the

March 13, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Exhibition duration:
March 14 – June 1, 2018

Curated by
Peter Bogner and Gerd Zillner

Link to the Exhibition

Link to the Lecture Series

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.

Kiesler Prize Laureate 2018:
Yona Friedman

Laureate of the Frederick Kiesler Prize 2018: Yona Friedman. Courtesy Yona Friedman

The Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2018 goes to the French architect Yona Friedman. The award, with a substantial prize-money of 55,000 euros, is presented alternately by the Republic of Austria and the City of Vienna every two years “for outstanding achievements in the field of architecture and the arts that conform to Frederick Kiesler’s experimental, innovative conceptions and his theory of correlated arts.” (Statutes of the Frederick Kiesler Prize)

The international jury of the Frederick Kiesler Prize 2018 pays tribute to Yona Friedman as a “titan amongst architects, who is hugely respected by the established figures of the profession as well as those practitioners who are at the beginning of their careers. Throughout his working life of over six decades he has been uncompromising in rigor and visionary in his thinking. He has been enormously influential as a ‘feasible utopian’ architect, urban theorist, designer and teacher.
Friedman’s concepts for architecture are closely linked to the dynamics of social structures and to the changing necessities of the users therein. These topics which he emphasized from the beginning of his work gained even more importance in the present days with its actual developments of migration and a kind of new nomadism. It is also due to his own biography as a migrant that his ideas and his engagement for a deeply human architecture and society are based on existential experience and thus qualifies his work a political one too.” (Decision of the Jury, extract)

The Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2018 will be presented by Gernot Blümel, Federal Minister within the Federal Chancellery for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media. The exact date will be announced soon.

For more information see Kiesler Prize 2018

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