The Austrian Museum of Applied Art / Contemporary Art (MAK) is dedicating a special exhibit to Gustav Klimt's design drawings for the mosaic in the dining hall of Stoclet Palace.
Gustav Klimt, "Expectation" or "Dancer", design drawing for the Stoclet frieze Gustav Klimt, "Expectation" or "Dancer"
Gustav Klimt, "Knight", design drawing for the Stoclet frieze Gustav Klimt, "Knight"
The entire Stoclet Palace in Brussels is considered a work of Art Nouveau and was designed largely by Josef Hoffmann and Gustav Klimt. Klimt's nine design drawings for the mosaic with the familiar themes of "Expectation", "Fulfillment" and the "Tree of Life" were created in 1910/11. After several years of restoration work, they are now on display at the MAK. Gustav Klimt had a rough concept for how the frieze should look in detail when he began his work. Changes to his design drawings in 1:1 scale gradually gave form to the famous work of art we know today. With numerous instructions, he presented the Vienna Workshop and the Vienna Mosaic Workshop with his precise vision of the frieze.
The exhibit "Gustav Klimt: Expectation and Fulfillment. Designs for the Mosaic Frieze at Stoclet Palace" attempts to reproduce Klimt's style of work. Documents authored by Klimt while he was working on the piece or that he wrote about it are placed into context with the final work and what can be seen in the frieze designs. As an accompaniment to the documentation of the newest research results and the restoration, the Stoclet family is profiled as a customer of the Vienna Workshops.
Gustav Klimt: Expectation and Fulfillment. Designs for the Mosaic Frieze at Stoclet Palace
21 March - 15 July 2012
MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Art/Contemporary Art (MAK - Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst)