From the Director

Dear Friend,

One of the most extraordinary aspects of the Wiener Werkstätte is the sheer breadth of its output. This innovative firm, which consisted of designers overseeing skilled artisans, created work in a vast array of styles and materials for close to three decades. The Viennese collective applied its creativity to such different fields as architecture, bookbinding, ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, graphic design, jewelry, lace, leatherwork, metal-work, porcelain, textiles, and wallpaper. All these diverse forms were expressions of a single intention, one that is very dear to us at the Neue Galerie New York: the beautification of everyday life.

The Wiener Werkstätte began as a movement to champion the role of the craftsperson alongside that of the artist and patron and to elevate the quality of goods produced. This emphasis on exquisitely made work has been carried forth by a number of design collectives, including the Bauhaus. We are so pleased to present the first major American retrospective of the Wiener Werkstätte, and to examine the wide-ranging history of the group and its manifold achievements.

Renée Price
Director, Neue Galerie New York