Frederick Kiesler Foundation

The Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation was founded in 1997, after the Republic of Austria and the city of Vienna, with the help of numerous private benefactors, had acquired the descendant’s estate of Frederick Kiesler. It is its objective to explore the heritage of this Austro-American architect (1890-1965) and to ascribe it to the contemporary canon of architectural and artistic practice.

In his attempt to achieve a symbiosis of artistic and social domains, Kiesler was oriented towards an interdisciplinary combination of theory and practice. He was active in the various disciplines of architecture, visual arts, design and theatre. The Kiesler Foundation Vienna develops its interdisciplinary and transmedial activities based on this holistic way of thinking. Research projects, symposia and exhibitions examine Kiesler’s oeuvre and its historical impact, attending to aspects of historical inquiry, as well as of contemporary cultural discourse.

Founders and Sponsors
Bundeskanzleramt Österreich für Kunst und Kultur
Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung
Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien
Oesterreichische Nationalbank
Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG
Österreichische Postsparkassen Aktiengesellschaft
Österreichischen Lotterien
Wiener Städtische Allgemeine Versicherung Aktiengesellschaft
Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft Aktiengesellschaft
Hannes Pflaum
Gertraud Bogner und Dieter Bogner
John Sailer

Elke Delugan-Meissl (President)
Thomas Angermair
Gerald Bast
Martin Böhm
Angelika Fitz
Katharina Handler
Jürgen Meindl
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein
Barbara Weitgruber (co-opted board member)

Archive and Research
Gerd Zillner
Jill Meissner-Wolfbeisser


Kiesler in his Studio behind his Flying Desk
Kiesler in his Studio behind his Flying Desk


In 1997, the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation
purchased more than 2.500 works on paper, approximately 1.000 photographs and numerous documents by and on Frederick Kiesler. The contents of the Kiesler Archive consist of drawings, sketches and plans, as well as letters and theoretical texts ranging from the Twenties up to the Sixties. The mostly unpublished material provides diverse insights into Kiesler’s visionary concepts, into his working methods and above all into his multiple-disciplinary attitude.

Kiesler’s importance as a key player in the artistic and architectural avant-garde scene in the first half of the 20th century manifests itself in his extensive correspondence with well-acclaimed artists and personalities of the cultural community such as Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Max Ernst, Hans Arp, Peggy Guggenheim and many others.

The Kiesler Archive (Monday – Friday) can be visited by appointment only. Please contact:


The Kiesler Foundation Library is composed of Frederick and Steffi Kiesler’s books and a number of books which belonged to Lillian Kiesler. Throughout the years, the Kiesler Foundation has purchased books on the oeuvre of Frederick Kiesler as well as extensive secondary literature on his works and his artistic environment. Furthermore, general literature on architecture, fine arts, design, theatre, art theory and architectural theory is available in context to Frederick Kiesler, his oeuvre and life. A large number of novels, essays, books on history, anthropology, science fiction, medicine, physiology, geology, biology, occultism etc. are included in the collection.


The Frederick Kiesler Foundation Internship Program is designed to provide experience and exposure to professional work in the Kiesler Foundation environment to undergraduate and graduate students.

Areas of responsibility
Experience and exchange are enriched by the opportunity to work in close contact with the unique legacy of Frederick Kiesler. Under the supervision of the staff members, interns will learn the know-how of administrative and research work and will collaborate actively to the daily activities of the Foundation (press work, exhibitions and lectures). Internships are possible throughout the academic year as well as during the summer.

Advanced studies / MA studies; good computer skills (MS Office, image editing); good command of English in speaking and writing; team spirit as well as interest in archival work!

Three to six months

Remuneration for 20 hours/week – 300 euros/month

We offer
At the Frederick Kiesler Foundation interns learn the proper way of dealing with original works on paper, photo documents and plan material, basic terms of scientific management and indexing of an artist’s estate as well as basic archival skills. In addition, you gain insight into digitization and computer-based inventory/collection management. The papers of Frederick Kiesler offer rare insight into four decades of visionary architecture, design and cultural concepts.

Prospective interns are asked to submit an application (statement of motivation, curriculum vitae) to the following email-address: