Frederick Kiesler

Frederick Kiesler (1890–1965) was an Austrian-American architect, theoretician, theatrical designer, artist, and sculptor.

  • Magic Architecture

    The Story of Human Housing

    Frederick Kiesler, Spyros Papapetros, and Gerd Zillner

    The first publication of artist and architect Frederick Kiesler's epoch-spanning history of human architecture, largely unknown but still relevant.

    Magic Architecture was the architect Frederick Kiesler's most ambitious book project, an epoch-spanning history of human housing from prehistory to the atomic era—and yet it was never published, as Kiesler moved on to other exhibitions and projects. Kiesler's comparative exploration of the quasi-“magical” effects of atomic technology and contemporary telekinetic military systems and the alternative epistemology of “magic” practices associated with cave drawings and protohistoric subterranean settlements reflects his profoundly interdisciplinary perspective on the evolution of art, architecture, and design.

    This edition preserves Kiesler's conception of the book as a neo-Vitruvian Renaissance treatise divided into ten parts or books that narrate an alternative history and theory of architecture. Also included are sixty composite illustrations, cut and pasted from books and popular science journals, with elaborate captions. The editors have reassembled the book's text and illustrations from archival material, supplementing them with notes that document the evolution of the work. Introductory essays provide a chronology of Kiesler's research and an interpretation of key themes. Appendixes offer additional textual and visual material gathered by Kiesler for the project.

    • Hardcover $50.00
  • Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality

    Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality

    Frederick Kiesler, Luca Lo Pinto, Vanessa Joan Müller, and Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation

    This collection of unpublished or rare texts by Frederick Kiesler written between 1927 and 1957 is published on the occasion of the exhibition “Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality” at Kunsthalle Wien (May 27–August 23, 2015), curated by Luca Lo Pinto and Vanessa Joan Müller. The exhibition, developed in cooperation with the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, focuses on Kiesler's ideas on display, and juxtaposes works of contemporary artists with a number of original drawings by Kiesler. Views of the exhibition are included in the pages of this publication.

    With works by Leonor Antunes, Olga Balema, Céline Condorelli, Morton Feldman, Annette Kelm, Friedrich Kiesler, Charlotte Moth, Francesco Pedraglio, Luca Trevisani, Nicole Wermers

    Copublished with Kunsthalle Wien

    • Paperback $18.00