Neue Galerie, New York

Wiener Werkstätte, or Vienna Workshops, was a collective of artists that defined a unique style of handmade metalware characterized by simple shapes, minimal decoration and geometric patterns. Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser were the workshops' co-founders in 1903 and were also active artists alongside Carl Otto Czeschka and Dagobert Peche, as well as being associated with Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.

More than 40 pieces from public and private collections are on display in the first major museum exhibition devoted to these rare designs, featuring key masterpieces from 1903 to 1920. By 1905, there were over 100 craftsmen working within the cooperative. Following the ideas of René Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany, Hoffmann and Moser believed in the artistic merit of jewelry, that it should not only be regarded for its monetary value, and moreover, they emphasized the union of the architectural and decorative arts, as well as the need for the fine arts and decorative arts to be given a more fair estimation in general.


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