The canapé ... is my pleasure

Curation und exhibition design
vorarlberg museum Atrium
Bregenz/Austria, 2023/2024

11th of November 2023 till 4th of February 2024

Heike Schlauch raumhochrosen

How did bourgeois furniture from the metropolises of the 1820-1840s end up in the farmhouse parlour of the Bregenzerwald?
This question is as fascinating as it is unanswered. We shed some light on this in the exhibition.

The idea for the exhibition came up many years ago when Johannes Mohr told us about his many restored canapés from the Bregenzerwald, all of which were dated between 1820 and 1840. The vorarlberg museum was enthusiastic about the subject of Biedermeier sofas and put on what everyone said was a successful exhibition in the atrium, a freely accessible area on the ground floor of the museum.

Canapés from the Biedermeier period can still be found in some Bregenzerwald parlours. The material, construction method and formal language are typical of the bourgeois furniture design of the early 19th century. The exhibition shows their diversity in form with the same construction principle by means of restored original sofas from the workshop of Johannes Mohr. But how did the exquisite furniture of that time come from the urban environment to the remote valley? This question has not yet been conclusively answered…

Curation: Dr. Theresia Anwander, vorarlberg museum and Heike Schlauch

Exhibition Design: Cornelia Flatz and Heike Schlauch

Restoration, cooperation partner: Mohr Polster, Johannes Mohr, Waldner – Schönes aus Holz, Edgar Waldner

Photography: Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel

BIG SEE Interior Award 2024

Adolf Bereuter