Room setting for the Eighth Exhibition of the Vienna Secession

M188 Room setting for the Eighth Exhibition of the Vienna Secession

Address: Friedrichstrasse, Vienna, Austria
Date: 1900
Client: Vienna Secession
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)
1900
27 June: In a telegram to Josef Hoffmann sent from Glasgow, Fritz Waerndorfer reports that Mackintosh is 'phenomenally interesting' and that Mackintosh and his bride will send 'splendid things' to Vienna. 1
12 July: Mackintosh writes to Hermann Muthesius that he and Margaret Macdonald have been invited to send work to the Vienna Secession and to make an expenses-paid visit to Vienna for the exhibition. 2
28 July: Mackintosh writes to painter Carl Moll, president of the Secession, to accept the invitation to show a room of work. He says that the invitation is a great honour for Margaret Macdonald, James Herbert McNair and Frances Macdonald and himself, and that they will be delighted to have photographs of their work published in the Sessionists' journal Ver Sacrum. 3
25 September: The Mackintoshes' work is collected in Glasgow and sent to Vienna via Leith. 4
5 October: Mackintosh writes to Franz Hancke, secretary of the Secession technical committee and member of its editorial and selection committee, with details of the transit of their work: an additional packing case is to to be collected in London the following week. Mackintosh and Macdonald intend to leave Glasgow on 11 October and expect to arrive in Vienna on 15 or 16 October. 5
3 November: Opening of the exhibition. 6
17 December: Mackintosh writes to Moll, who had written on 15 July requesting photographs of the Mackintoshes' work for publication in Ver Sacrum. Mackintosh is now finally sending the photographs: the packet containing them had been carefully put away and he had been hunting for it since his return home from Vienna. Mackintosh also expresses thanks for the reception and hospitality received in Vienna. 7
17 December: Mackintosh writes to Hancke regarding the return of unsold items to Glasgow, hoping that packing will be carried out carefully. 8
27 December: Exhibition closes. 9
1901
16 January: Mackintosh writes to Hancke concerned that the cheque for work sold has not arrived. 10
18 January: Mackintosh writes to Hancke saying that the cheque has now arrived. 11

Notes:

1: Vienna, Secession Archives: telegram from Fritz Waerndorfer to Josef Hoffmann, 27 June 1900, Inv. Nr. 43.4.6.10786.

2: Berlin, Werkbundarchiv, Museum der Dinge: Hermann Muthesius Estate, letter from Mackintosh to Hermann Muthesius, 12 July 1900.

3: Vienna, Secession Archives: letter from Mackintosh to Carl Moll, 28 July 1900, Inv. Nr. 25.3.1.6008a and 25.3.1.6008b.

4: Vienna, Secession Archives: letter from Mackintosh to Franz Hancke, 5 October 1900, Inv. Nr. 25.3.1.6010.

5: Vienna, Secession Archives: Mackintosh to Franz Hancke, 5 October 1900, Inv. Nr. 25.3.1.6010.

6: 'Die Eröffnung der achten Secessions-Ausstellung', Neue Freie Presse, 3 November 1900, evening edn, p. 2.

7: Vienna, Secession Archives: letter from Mackintosh to Carl Moll, 17 December 1900, Inv. Nr. 25.3.1.6011.

8: Vienna, Secession Archives: letter from Mackintosh to Franz Hancke, 17 December 1900, Inv. Nr. 25.3.1.6012.

9: Ver Sacrum, 4, 1901, p. 58.

10: Vienna, Secession Archives: letter from Mackintosh to Franz Hancke, 16 January 1901, Inv. Nr. 25.3.2.6014.

11: Vienna, Secession Archives: letter from Mackintosh to Franz Hancke, 18 January 1901, Inv. Nr. 25.3.2.6015.