Mittwoch, 02. Dezember 2015, 19:00 - 21:00 iCal

Tim Bonyhady: The World of Wohllebengasse

The Story of a Chair with no Seat

Juridicum, Dachgeschoß
Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien


Tim Bonyhady is a cultural historian and Professor of environmental law at the Australian National University who is currently visiting Professor at the University of Vienna Law Faculty. His many books include "Good Living Street" (deutsch: Wohllebengasse), which tells the Story of his mother´s Family, the Gallias, who were Major Patrons of the arts in fin-de-siècle Vienna and fled to Australia following the Nazi´s annexation of Austria.

When Tim Bonyhady’s grandmother and great aunt fled Vienna in 1938, they succeeded in escaping with much of the family collection of art and design, including Klimt’s portrait of Hermine Gallia, now on loan to the Klimt/Schiele/Kokoschka exhibition at the Belvedere. Yet some of the Gallia collection remained in the family apartment in the Wohllebengasse, and much more disappeared in transit to Australia. The first of this material to reappear was a Hoffmann chair, devoid of a seat, which came on to the international art market in 2006. In this lecture, Tim Bonyhady will tell the story of this chair, reflect on lessons that might be learned from the claim to it by Gallia heirs, and the significance of being portrayed on it by the Australian artist, Andrew Sayers, when it is a chair on which he has never sat.


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Franz Stefan Meissel
Universität Wien
Institut für Römisches Recht und Antike Rechtsgeschichte
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