The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein was only one member of an immensely gifted and larger-than-life family that rose to prominence in the Austro-Hungarian Empire before the First World War. His family members were patrons of Gustav Klimt and Carl Otto Czeschka, whose silver vitrine was the most extravagant and opulent object that the Wiener Werkstätte ever made. Margaret Stonborough, a direct descendant of Karl Wittgenstein, remembers summers spent in the family villa in Austria with her grandmother, Margaret Stonborough Wittgenstein, surrounded by family, friends, and the beautiful household objects created by the Wiener Werkstätte. Stonborough has recently inherited boxes of the family's private papers, which she will show while describing her own experience of this extraordinary family.
June 7, 2015
- Exhibition and Other Lectures