MAISON the FAUX exhibition design
From the 12th of March until the 19th of June 2016 two masterpieces by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt were shown at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. For this exhibition MAISON the FAUX designed the decor in which they brought the decadent Vienna around 1900 to life. In a visual surrounding the two masterpieces, but also drawings by both artists and art deco jewelry, formed an exceptional Gesamtkunstwerk.
Judith I, the erotic artwork made by Gustav Klimt traveled all the way from Vienna’s Belvedere Museum to the Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag. Portrait of Edith by Egon Schiele was also seen before at he Belvedere. The oeuvres of Klimt and Schiele are linked both thematically and stylistically. Judith was often seen as a femme fatale and associated with daze and wealth, whereas Edith was seen as a femme fragile.
For the decor design where Judith I was exhibited, MAISON the FAUX was inspired by the parfum Klimt once made whereat Judith was labelled on the package. Their inspiration reflects itself in the parfum bottles installed on the wall. For the space where Edith is exhibited, MAISON the FAUX took her inspiration from the wedding dress made from curtains which Edith is wearing on the portrait.
For both pieces MAISON the FAUX looked for the right coupler between the two pieces. This resulted in an abstracting art-deco space leading the visitor towards the exhibitions.