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Christian Witt-Dörring to Speak at the Clark August 11

For Immediate Release

August 01, 2002

Christian Witt-Dörring, guest curator of the exhibition Josef Hoffmann: Homes of the Wittgensteins, will speak at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, August 11, at 3:00 p.m. His talk entitled "Jugendstil Design" will focus on the Art Nouveau movement in Vienna around 1900. Admission to the lecture is free. 

Witt-Dörring is curator of the department of furniture and woodwork at the Austrian Museum for Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna. He is also consulting curator for the Neue Gallerie, the museum for German and Austrian art that opened in New York City earlier this year. He has lectured widely on the history of furniture, design, and interior decoration and has organized numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States.

The talk is offered in connection with the exhibition Josef Hoffmann: Homes of the Wittgensteins, which features rarely seen furniture and silver created by innovative Wiener Werkstatte designer Josef Hoffmann. The Hoffmann exhibition is one of four exhibitions at the Clark celebrating the art and architecture of Vienna. Also on view through September 2 are Otto Wagner: The Academy of Fine Arts, Bernardo Bellotto: Views of Imperial Vienna, and Gustav Klimt Landscapes, which was recently hailed as "the summer's sure-fire Berkshire art draw" by the New York Times. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/klimt/.

The exhibitions are part of the "The Vienna Project," a six-month series of exhibitions, programs, and special events celebrating the rich and vibrant art and culture of Vienna in the beautiful setting of the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. 

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through September 2. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and children free). 

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