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Koloman Moser

Koloman Moser biography

1868
Koloman Moser is born in Vienna on March 30.

1886
Starts design and painting course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

1892-93
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).

1893-95
Studies graphic design at Vienna’s Kunstgewerbeschule, where he works as a lecturer from 1900.

1897
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.

1898
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.

1903
He establishes Wiener Werkstätte alongside co-founders Josef Hoffmann and Fritz Waerndorfer. Hoffmann remains its artistic director until 1907.

1904-05
Moser designs the stained glass windows for Otto Wagner’s Church of St. Leopold (Kirche am Steinhof).

1905
Kolo Moser leaves the Secession with the ‘Klimt group’.

1907
After a series of disputes with Waerndorfer, Moser leaves Wiener Werkstätte and returns the focus of his energy to painting.

1908
Moser participates in the Kunstschau Wien exhibition, which is curated by the ‘Klimt group’.

1911
Moser’s only solo exhibition at Galerie Miethke Vienna and participation in the International Art Exhibition in Rome.

1912
Participates in the Grosse Kunstausstellung exhibition in Dresden.

1916
Moser exhibits his work at the Wiener Kunstschau in Berlin.

1918
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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