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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents a MFAH Friday-Saturday Lecture: Koloman Moser and Vienna’s Fin-de-siècle Architecture, Friday, October 25, at 1:30 pm (repeated on Saturday, October 26, at 4 pm). Presented by Dietmar Froehlich, associate professor, University of Houston, and Celeste Williams, AIA.At the turn of the 20th century, Vienna was the cultural epicenter of Central Europe. As capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna was teeming with talent in art, science, literature, philosophy, and architecture. The Vienna Secession was founded in 1897, and the Wiener Werkstätten followed in 1905.In this context, Koloman Moser collaborated with Otto Wagner, the foremost city planner and architect of the Empire, as did Wagner’s pupils, including Jože Ple?nik and Joseph Maria Olbrich. Other notables working during this period included Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos.During this lecture, architect and architecture professor Dietmar Froehlich and architect Celeste Williams discuss the timeless, the transitional, and the modern in Vienna’s fin-de-siècle architecture.Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna, 1897–1907.A reception follows.Pictured: Koloman Moser, Wardrobe from the Bedroom of the Eisler von Terramare Apartment, 1902–03, execution: J. W. Müller, probably Vienna; maple (formerly stained gray), marquetry of different woods, mother-of-pearl and ivory inlay, Ernst Ploil, Vienna. Photo © Ernst Ploil, Vienna.