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13 March 2017

SAR The Princess of Hanover, President of the Princess Grace Foundation, asked her friend Karl Lagerfeld to imagine the 2017 Rose Ball. Together they composed an Art Nouveau world, celebrating one of the most elegant artistic movements And architectural: the Viennese Secession.

This new, clear and uncluttered style flourished in Austria and then throughout Europe between 1892 and 1906. Preceding artists marked the epoch of their ideal lines: Joseph Olbrich and his Palace of the Secession, the architecture of Otto Wagner, Koloman Moser or Gustave Klimt. The emblematic profile of Mela Koehler, a young designer and pupil of the graphic designer Moser, is represented here with this sketch for a postcard from the Wiener Werkstätte signed in 1914.

It is a very realistic decoration, nourished by reference and reflecting the legendary glamor of the Monegasque events, inspired by the architectural prints of Josef Hoffmann and the inescapable Atelier Viennois: Wiener Werkstätte.


Passing through the hall, the guests are transported into an authentic universe evoking the very entrance of the Wiener Werkstätte exhibition, which, for the first time, presents its work to the public in October 1904, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Maison Of Decorative Arts. The Wiener Werkstätte, a furnishing workshop, was the meeting place for the Viennese applied arts. The architects, artists and designers whose primary commitment was to put aesthetics within everyone's reach, combining craftsmanship and the major arts, met there.


The Salle des Etoiles exalts the harmonious beauty of the motifs and other architectural features, inspired by the creation of the Palais Stoclet music fair, signed Josef Hoffman. It is the most representative work of the Wiener Werkstätte. The guests find themselves immersed in a universe where the lights play with the architectural volumes, color and animate the walls with patterns. The ceiling is clad in "chandeliers" giving to admire a graphic universe that marked the apogee of the artistic movement. The tables are decorated with dazzling colors inspired by the sketch of the woven carpet "Fleurs en clochette" for the Palais Stoclet and the studio of Gustave Klimt.


The stage evokes with elegance the reception room of the Austrian pavilion of the exhibition of the Werkbund of Cologne in 1914. In a game of golden lights and transparencies, motifs taken from the ex-libris designed by Carl Otto Czeschka raises his decor. The stage is then adorned with monumental scenic elements always inspired by ex-libris and bathed in lights. The Viennese Secession Rose Ball promises a rich musical program, with a rise in power over the evening.