Parties on Met’s roof are one of the nicest features of NY summer. Last time I went there years ago, so when my friends asked me to join them yesterday, I jumped at the invitation. The views are, of course, spectacular, especially at sunset. We were lucky that this time instead of giant modern sculptures the Museum displayed paint splashes by some Asian (Pakistani?) artist – symbolizing something or other, I’m sure, but they were under our feet, so luckily non-intruding.
We agreed to meet an hour earlier, to walk thru some exhibition at Met, but when we looked at what’s on offer we decided to go instead 4 blocks north to Neue Gallerie. Apparently, they have [unpublicized] First Friday program – usually expensive visit to museum becomes free from 6 to8pm. And they have a show of works by Koloman Moser – one of my favorite master-designers of golden age of Vienna Secession, a founder of WiennaWerkstatte. The queue was wrapped around the whole block, so once inside, we only had about 15 minutes before the Met party.
It was a spontaneous visit, and I didn’t have a camera – don’t know if I would be permitted to shoot anyway, so you’ll have to browse someone else’s pictures. You’d just have to trust me: live, it is spectacular. Furniture masterpieces of ideal design – ideal for me, anyway – where form definitely follows function, and form itself is a delight, but decoration is not excluded: it is used sparingly, in appropriate way, to accentuate the most clever lines, joints and focal points of the form. I loved the way the Museum reproduced wallcovering by Moser’s sketch and used it in the exhibition hall; and the dots on doorways and crown molding – taken from Moser’s design for a buffet, standing right there – very clever. And his porcelain, his jewelery, his textiles! His sketches – elevations for interiors, in pencil and watercolor!
Those of you in NY from now to September 2nd: you gotta go and visit. See for yourself!