Radical female artisans

For the first time, the exhibition "Women Artists of the Wiener Werkstätte" at the MAK enables a precise look at the impressive handicrafts created by women in Vienna between 1903 and 1932.

In contrast to the many male representatives of the Wiener Werkstätte (WW, 1903-1932) – like Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser or Dagobert Peche – relatively little is known about the work of the 180 or so women who made a huge contribution to the development of Viennese handicrafts.

The MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna presents artists like Gudrun Baudisch, Vally Wieselthier, Mathilde Flögl, Paula Lustig, and Mizzi Vogl with its major spring exhibition. From the outset until its dissolution, numerous female artists were involved in the productions of the Wiener Werkstätte. During the inter-war years in particular, women and their extravagant designs – their fantastic fabric patterns or expressive ceramics – determined the look of the Viennese production community, which at the beginning of the 20th century understood how to combine art and handicrafts in a completely new way in everyday life.Their works were trendsetting and internationally renowned. 

Research came up with the names of around 180 female artists, of which about half are represented in this exhibition. Highly respected at their time, these artists were largely forgotten after the end of the Wiener Werkstätte. That is now changing: with a year's delay, the first exhibition, which is consciously dedicated to the women of the WW, can take to the stage and close a gap. Until October, over 800 exhibits will provide insight into at times 

Women Artists of the Wiener Werkstätte May 5 - October 3, 2021


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