Anwendungen – Koloman Moser und die Bühne

Theatermuseum

While the large Koloman Moser exhibition at MAK will only start in December, the Theatermuseum already shows a very fine selection of his maybe lesser known oeuvre, i.e. works for the stage. As the „Tausendkünstler“ he was, Kolo Moser created complete equipments – stage and costume – for theatre and opera, smaller and large productions, though some of them unfortunately remained only designs.

The exhibition is made up of mostly sketches and drafts, but it also evokes the spirit of the time by means of photographs and letters. What hits the eye immediately is Koloman Moser´s enthusiasm and immense power of imagination. This might sound oldfashioned but it can´t be put otherwise. My own favourite, just to pick an example, is the fish-costume for Wagner´s „Rheingold“ from 1913, a project that has not reached the stage. And so it is no wonder, that Hermann Bahr who worked often and closely together with Moser, wrote in a letter to his wife, „Was hätte aus dem Faust werden können, wenn Goethe, statt den langweiligen Eckermann, den Kolo gehabt hätte.“ („What could have become of Faust, if Goethe, instead of the boring Eckermann, had had Kolo.“)

 

Julia Maurer

 

 

 

 

 

Venue:

 

Theatermuseum
Lobkowitzplatz 2

1010 Wien

 

www.theatermuseum.at

 

 

 

 

 

Content:

Header: Detail aus "Genoveva" (Tragödie von Friedrich Hebbel) nicht realisierter Bühnenbildentwurf für geplante Regie von Hermann Bahr bei Max Reinhardt in Berlin, um 1907, Theatermuseum © KHM-Museumsverband

1: Figurine zu einer der Rheintöchter aus Das Rheingold (Richard Wagner) Nicht-realisierter Entwurf für ein nicht genauer identifiziertes Projekt, um 1913, Theatermuseum © KHM-Museumsverband

2: "Der Bergsee" (Oper von Julius Bittner) Bühnenbildentwurf zur Uraufführung 1911 am k.k. Hof-Operntheater in Wien, Theatermuseum © KHM-Museumsverband

3: "Genoveva" (Tragödie von Friedrich Hebbel) nicht realisierter Bühnenbildentwurf für geplante Regie von Hermann Bahr bei Max Reinhardt in Berlin, um 1907, Theatermuseum © KHM-Museumsverband

4: Koloman Moser im Büro der Wiener Werkstätten, 1904, Theatermuseum © KHM-Museumsverband