The newly curated Wien 1900 exhibit consists of three galleries showcasing the continuum of the modernist/secessionist or "Jungendstil" movement in Vienna prior to WWII (1890-1938). Today, a guided tour brought more clarity to the movement and the complexities of interpersonal relationships between the architects, artists, and designers that put Vienna in the forefront of socio-cultural modernism from Adolf Loos to Josef Hoffman, Otto Wagner to Gustav Klimt. It's a real Peyton Place of a story, disrupted by WWI and the decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the rise of anti-semitism and Hitler's horror, so I'll save the dramatic details until we get together for our tour. For now, a few snaps of the pieces that caught my eye.
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