The centers of Art Nouveau in Europe show different kinds of visual and cultural strategies bound to a comparable approach in ornamental and plane representation (notion of Flächenkörper by Fritz Schmalenbach). The Vienna Secession as a special revolution against Historicism reflects a deep shift in social and aesthetic values. Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis may be regarded as a symptom of the changing relations in sexuality, gender and self-awareness of the body. Iconografical turns and motivs in all kinds of art accompany this development. Secession ideology combines all filiations of art since every part of everyday life should be seen from a higher point of view. Architecture, painting, sculpture, literature, dance, music and particulary the applied arts should intertwine aesthetically and functionally. This seminar will reveal those important links in design and to work out individual œuvres of well and lesser known artists.
The incredibly high prices of art works by Gustav Klimt and others indicate the ongoing interest in the Vienna Fin-de-Siècle fields. The catalogues of Neue Galerie. Museum for German and Austrian Art New York which established a well equipped collection joined together with a fine center of investigation delivers a good survey for students and scholars, e.g. Renée Price (ed.): Gustav Klimt. The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections, Neue Galerie. Museum for German and Austrian Art New York, 2007. This volume also raises also issues concerning restitution of Jewish properties stolen by the Nazis, questions which put art historians and museums frequently to task. The catalogue focuses on fashion and contemporary design too. Christian Witt-Döring edited two catalogues which deal with relations between furniture, architecture, painting etc: Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897–1907. Neue Galerie. Museum for German and Austrian Art New York, 2013, and Josef Hoffmann: Interiors, 1902-1913. Neue Galerie. Museum for German and Austrian Art New York, 2006.
acquiring knowledge of and insight in the discussions about the interaction of applied arts, painting, architecture, sculpture, dance, music etc in the Art Nouveau focusing on Secession Vienna;
learning how art practice, theory and social alterations interact about 1900;
understanding how associations of artists were founded and how the international relations (Netherlands, Great Britain, Belgium etc) of the Secession Vienna were organized;
analyzing works of art in form and iconography with theoretical background;
presenting these analyses in oral presentations and academic papers.
The timetable is available on the MA Arts and Culture website
Mode of instruction
Excursion to relevant exhibition
Total Course load: 10× 28 hours: 280 hours
Seminars: 3 hours per week x 12 weeks : 36 hours;
Working on Wiki/discussing board: 24 hours (ca. 2hrs per week);
Studying compulsory readings for seminars: 80 hours;
Preparing oral presentation: 30 hours (of which the symposium takes 10 hrs);
Midterm assignment on the basis of the glossary: 30 hours;
Writing of final course paper: 80 hours (re-reading texts, collecting research material, searching and reading additional literature, composing and writing of paper).
The seminar is a 3 hours a week course, in which students give presentations, participate in discussions, reflect on the issues discussed, collaborate in assignments, write papers (mid-term and final paper);
We will jointly make Wiki on key concepts to collectively produce a frame of reference;
The seminar will be concluded with a one-day symposium in which, in small groups, the students will present a theme/topic of their mutual interest;
Excursion to relevant exhibition.
Midterm assignment (30%);
(MA students 1.500, ResMA 2.000 words excl. bibliography);
Work on Wiki/discussion board (10%);
Symposium and final paper (60%);
(final paper: MA students 4.000, ResMA students 5.000 words excl. bibliography).
The final grade for the course is established by determination of the weighted average. Both the midterm assignment and the final paper need to be a pass.
In case of an unsatisfactory grade, the paper(s) needs to be reworked.
Blackboard will be used for:
The booktitles and / or syllabi to be used in the course, where it can be purchased and how this literature should be studied beforehand.
Peter Vergo, Art in Vienna 1898 – 1918. Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele and their contemporaries. London: Phaidon 1975
Renée Price (ed.), Gustav Klimt. The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections, Neue Galerie. Museum for German and Austrian Art New York, 2007
Christian Witt-Döring (ed.), Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897–1907. Neue Galerie. Museum for German and Austrian Art New York, 2013
Christian Witt-Döring (ed.), Josef Hoffmann: Interiors, 1902-1913. Neue Galerie. Museum for German and Austrian Art New York, 2006
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher: “Markus Neuwirth”: