Course Details

950: Vienna — City of Art: 1848-1914

February 4-7, 2019
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Vienna is celebrated for the progressive tendencies in art and architecture at the beginning of the 20th century — Art Nouveau, Expressionism, Modernism. This mini course aims to show that Vienna's vibrant art scene began much earlier, when young Franz Josef assumed his reign as Emperor in 1848. His decision to demolish Vienna’s fortifications and replace them with the Ringstrasse, an elegant boulevard encircling the old city, led to an unparalleled boom in construction, engaging myriad sculptors, painters, and decorators. Our focus will be on the many talents, local and foreign, who built and embellished the Ringstrasse and thus set the stage for the explosive burst of creativity in the brief years before WWI.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Erich Keel
Now retired, Erich Keel served as The Kreeger Museum’s Head of Education for 14 years. He was born and raised in Zürich, Switzerland. Interested in art, literature, and philosophy, he studied in Zurich, London and Atlanta, GA, earning a PhD in Critical Theory from Emory University. He recently returned from a study trip to Vienna.