Koloman Moser

Koloman Moser biography

In Vienna around 1900, Koloman Moser’s creative potential was unrivalled. The multi-talented artist enjoyed considerable success as part of the Wiener Werkstätte.

Koloman Moser is born in Vienna on March 30.

Starts design and painting course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

Moser is appointed drawing master to the children of Archduke Karl Ludwig (father of heir to the throne Archduke Franz Ferdinand and grandfather of Emperor Karl I).

Studies graphic design at Vienna’s Kunstgewerbeschule, where he works as a lecturer from 1900.

As one of the founder members of the Secession he designs the movement’s stationery and has a significant hand in creating its Ver Sacrum newsletter.

Moser contributes the ornamentation for the facade (including the wreath-bearer frieze) as well as a glass window for the entrance hall of the newly inaugurated Secession building.

He establishes Wiener Werkstätte alongside co-founders Josef Hoffmann and Fritz Waerndorfer. Hoffmann remains its artistic director until 1907.

Moser designs the stained glass windows for Otto Wagner’s Church of St. Leopold (Kirche am Steinhof).

Kolo Moser leaves the Secession with the ‘Klimt group’.

After a series of disputes with Waerndorfer, Moser leaves Wiener Werkstätte and returns the focus of his energy to painting.

Moser participates in the Kunstschau Wien exhibition, which is curated by the ‘Klimt group’.

Moser’s only solo exhibition at Galerie Miethke Vienna and participation in the International Art Exhibition in Rome.

Participates in the Grosse Kunstausstellung exhibition in Dresden.

Moser exhibits his work at the Wiener Kunstschau in Berlin.

Kolo Moser dies of throat cancer on October 18. He is buried at the Hietzing cemetery in Vienna.

Moser hotspots in Vienna: MAK, Leopold Museum, Church of St. Leopold (Kirche am Steinhof)

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