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Frederick Kiesler

Frederick Kiesler
Vienna, 1890 - New York, 1965

Frederick John Kiesler, was the theorist and designer of the Endless House, a prototype that was never actually completed, of a house for the future. He however remains one of the most complex and representative artists of the 20th century. He war born in Cernauti in Rumania, and moved to Vienna at an early age where he attended the faculty of architecture followed by the Fine Art Academy, although he did not complete his studies. Whilst in Vienna, Kiesler got a feeling for the undercurrent of change underway in the Austrian capital for decades: everybody was involved in the search for a new architectural language from Otto Wagner to Adolf Loos, while the local cafes were the venues in which intellectuals and artists such as Karl Krauss, Alban Berg and Franz Werfel were creating, what Kiesler termed "the creative twenties". His main objective right from the start, being that of undermining the previously orthodox manner of using space, by proposing a series of scenarios specifically conceived and created for the occasion, always with the intention of subverting traditional space coordinates. He was constantly involved in the attempt to create an illusion of endless space that could act as a stimulant for both man’s mind and body, right from his exhibits at the Art of This Century gallery of Peggy Guggenheim to the Blood Flames exhibition, from his inventions for the Universal Exhibition of Surrealism to the World House Gallery in 1952.