Anonym, Porträtfotografie Koloman Moser, um 1903


Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann

Wed, 19.12.2018–Mon, 22.04.2019

MAK Exhibition Hall

Koloman Moser’s oeuvre continues to exert a lasting fascination. As a universal artist Moser masters the disciplines of painting, graphic art, arts and crafts, and interior design as well as fashion and scenography. To an impressive extent Moser embodies the Gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art as advocated by the Vienna Secession. He is considered one of the most important pioneers of Viennese Modernism, one of the most influential artists of Viennese Art Nouveau, and is—alongside Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann—one of the leading artists of Vienna’s artistic renewal.

To commemorate the centennial of his death, the MAK is honoring Koloman Moser (1868–1918) with one of the most comprehensive solo shows to date on his great and visionary work. The exhibition delves deep into the oeuvre of this exceptional artist and demonstrates just how instrumental Moser was in influencing the search for a new, modern design vocabulary in fin-de-siècle Vienna.  This is the first time that many of the 500 or so exhibits, largely taken from the MAK Collection, have been made accessible to the public. Structured chronologically and divided into five chapters, the MAK exhibition recalls every step of Moser’s unusual career: from painter to all-round designer and finally back to painting.

Guest Curator: Christian Witt-Dörring
Curator: Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Curator, MAK Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive


Tue, 18.12.2018, 7 p.m.
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Upon presentation of their MAK ticket, all visitors to the MAK exhibition KOLOMAN MOSER will receive reduced admission to the exhibition Applications: Koloman Moser and the Stage at the Theatermuseum (until 22 Apr 2019).

Guided Tours

Admission plus attendance fee of € 3.50

Exhibition Tours
Saturdays, 4 p.m.

Curator-Guided Tours

with Elisabeth Schmuttermeier
Tue, 22.01.2019, 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm fully booked
Tue, 12.03.2019, 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm fully booked
with Christian Witt-Dörring
Tue, 05.02.2019, 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm fully booked
Tue, 26.02.2019, 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm fully booked

Expert-Guided Tours

Koloman Moser and the School of Arts and Crafts
Expert-Guided Tour with Patrick Werkner, was Professor and Head, Art Collection and Archive, University of Applied Arts Vienna until 2018
Tue, 15.01.2019, 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm fully booked
Koloman Moser as Graphic Designer
Expert-Guided Tour with Anne-Katrin Rossberg, Curator, MAK Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive
Tue, 26.03.2019, 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm fully booked



What Remains of Koloman Moser in Public Spaces?
Short guided tour of the exhibition and then a walk to select buildings with curator Christian Witt-Dörring
Sun, 31.03.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm fully booked


Guided tour of the exhibition, followed by further discussion at the restaurant Salonplafond im MAK
Wed, 16.01.2019, 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm registration no longer possible


Koloman Moser as Interior Designer
Talk by Christian Witt-Dörring
Tue, 12 Feb 2019, 6:30 p.m. More Info
Koloman Moser as Painter
Talk by Stefan Üner, art historian
Sun, 7 Apr 2019, 4 p.m. More Info

Program for Kids and Families

MINI MAK Vacation Activities
Workshop for 6- to 13-year-olds
In context of the wienXtra-ferienspiel

Koloman Can Do Everything!
Tue, 05.02.2019, 10.15 am - 12.30 pm
Wed, 06.02.2019, 10.15 am - 12.30 pm
Thu, 07.02.2019, 10.15 am - 12.30 pm
Fri, 08.02.2019, 10.15 am - 12.30 pm

Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4+)
Sun, 20.01.2019, 11.00 am - 12.00 pm registration no longer possible
Sun, 17.02.2019, 11.00 am - 12.00 pm

Workshop for the whole family (ages 4+)

Koloman Can Do Everything!
Sat, 26.01.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 09.02.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Kolo-drio—Line and Dot—Surface and Ornament—Black-and-White and Color
Sat, 09.03.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 13.04.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

MAK Design Kids
Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied) with Florentina Prath

Poured and Stirred
Sat, 02.03.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 16.03.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 06.04.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm


The exhibition is accompanied by the catalog KOLOMAN MOSER: UNIVERSAL ARTIST BETWEEN GUSTAV KLIMT AND JOSEF HOFFMANN, ed. by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Christian Witt-Dörring, and Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, German/English, 288 pages, MAK , Vienna/Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2019. Available at the MAK Design Shop and at for € 44.95.

Premium Sponsor


For his generous support we would like to thank
Richard Grubman

The exhibition is realized with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund, and is part of the project “Bilaterale Designnetzwerke” within the framework of the programme INTERREG V-A Austria – Czech Republic.

Opening Hours

Tue 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Mon closed


€ 12 / reduced € 9
Free Admission for children and teens under 19
Tuesdays 6–10 p.m. admission € 5
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How to Get There

Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
Underground U3 to Stubentor, U4 to Landstraße/Bahnhof Wien Mitte.
Tram 2, busses 3A and 74A to Stubentor

Barrier Free Accessibility

Lift at the entrance at Weiskirchnerstraße 1, wheelchair accessible bathrooms available
Stair lift to the Permanent Collection Contemporary Art




Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann
Wed, 19.12.2018–Mon, 22.04.2019
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