He was called Viennese Napoleon – for growth and creative ambitions.

He is known to all the architects of the world, but he could not implement a single major project himself.


The speed of thinking of contemporaries and his personal pace did not synchronize at all. Step out of sync – 80 years, give or take.

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All of Kiesler’s ideas went beyond the existing art trends and were too ahead of time.

Film Guild Cinema in New York is considered to be the exception. The screen-o-scope system, which changed the slope and the size of the screen and could turn all the walls of the hall on at the same time made the audience excited and shocked. 

He was born in Chernivtsi (Ukraine), studied in Vienna, lived in the USA. Probably, only the dates of these three facts are sad.

He designed the “Double Theater” for Woodstock and won the competition, but the project was never implemented.

By controlling space, he programmed emotions and discovered new names. Art of this Century was built according to Kiesler’s drawings. In 1942, he shocked the audience, hanging the sculptures on the ropes and forcing the best paintings of de Chirico and Motherwell to rotate in front of the public.

The principles of “correlating art” – when each item is organically inscribed in the environment where it is exposed and embedded in a special lighting system – today is the ‘cost of living’ of any serious gallery.

 A visionary and a marketer, Kiesler dreamed of shop windows where goods and mannequins are moving, and passers-by are choosing with a click of a mouse.

The last major work of the architect was the Sanctuary of the book in Israel, which contains the Kuwim scrolls. Sometimes science fiction movies are being shot in this building.

Kiesler, as a Master of Communication, looked into the future, and now he sends everyone back into the past.

Now, the architects are exploring every minute of Kiesler’s life, they even copy diagrams drawn for lectures at Columbia University. The amount of Google requests is growing bigger. The prices for micro works at auctions are growing higher.

“Infinite House” is an almost realized passion of all life in the concept of the elastic architecture of space. Almost, because there are only models of the house, which contains no corners. One is included in the mumok permanent exhibition, and the other is kept in the New York Whitnemuseum.


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 Berenice Abbott © Getty Images / Frederick Kiesler Foundation