A pioneer of modernist style, Austrian architect and designer Josef Hoffman rejected Art Nouveau in favor of a simpler streamlined aesthetic. Credited with the interior design at Paris' 1900 World Fair, he was also the creative genius behind the avant-garde elegance of some of the most celebrated European homes of his time. "His rigorously abstracted forms were essential in defining the style of an era," explains director of the Neue Galerie, Renée Price. For the first time in the US, four of his most influential residential designs will be on display, including bedrooms from two stately Viennese homes, and the dining rooms from the homes of Swiss painter Ferdinand Holder and Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, sister to the famous philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Each room is outfitted with numerous original objects, including furniture, wall and floor coverings, textiles, lighting, ceramics, glass and metalwork, offering visitors today the chance to step back in time and experience the color and sense of fantasy of Hoffman's magnificent settings.

Neue Galerie
Josef Hoffman: Interiors 1902-1913
November 2, 2006 through February 27, 2007
1048 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
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