Modern Opulence: Art and Design in Early 20th-Century Vienna

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Join us for a day exploring early 20th-century Viennese design, including the Wittgenstein collections and commissions. Learn more about the DMA’s newly acquired silver vitrine by Carl Otto Czeschka, the Wittgenstein family, Wiener Werkstätte’s architecture and design, and the influence of the Werkstätte on modernism.


Program Schedule

9:30 a.m. 
Check in and enjoy complimentary coffee service. 

10:00 a.m.      
Welcoming remarks by Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art

10:10 a.m.
Modern Opulence in Vienna: The Wittgenstein Vitrine

Kevin W. Tucker, The Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, DMA

A Look Inside:  The Conservation Study and Treatment of the Wittgenstein Vitrine
Fran Baas, Associate Conservator of Objects, DMA

11:10 a.m.
The Wittgenstein Family and the Wiener Werkstätte
Christian Witt-Dörring
, Curator, MAK-Austrian Museum for Applied Arts

11:50 a.m.
Lunch break
 The DMA's Atrium Cafe offers a full lunch menu

1:20 p.m.
A Walk with Wittgenstein: The Cultural Surround of Vienna’s Kunstschau of 1908
Alessandra Comini
, University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University

2:10 p.m.
The National, the Natural, and the Novel: Parallels and Differences in DesignVienna and Budapest 
Samuel D. Albert, 
Adjunct, Fashion Institute of Technology 

3:00 p.m.
Viennese Design Abroad: Two Case Studies
Christopher Long,
 Distinguished Teaching Professor of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

4:00 p.m.
Q&A session with all of the speakers, featuring special guest Margaret Stonborough, granddaughter of Margaret Stonborough Wittgenstein

5:00 p.m.
Join the speakers for a reception, and view the silver vitrine in its new installation.


Read the press release to learn more about the Wittgenstein silver vitrine, or visit the DMA's blog, Uncrated.

If you are coming in from out of town to attend the event, check out all there is to do and see in Dallas. 

The DMA wishes to thank the following donors for their generous support of the symposium: Ken and Debra Hamlett, David Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, and Nancy Shutt.

Online ticket sales will close at 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 14. Tickets can be purchased on-site at the DMA beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 15. 

Buy Tickets
Public $40, DMA Partners $30, Students $20. Purchase tickets online or by phone at 214-922-1818.